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Harold B. Lee Library 





Vice P™^"*? R - HAR SHBARGER 
V.ce-Prc slde n. of «hc Harshbarger Associa 


Jacob and Maria Eva Harshbarger 











President of the Harehbarger Association 



Introduction 5 

Early history of the Harshbargera 9 

Jacob Harshbarger and his descendants 14 

1. The Henry Harshbarger Family 15 

Christian Harshbarger and his descendants 16 

I. The Catherine Deardorff Family 20 

The Samuel Harshbarger Family 36 

». The Jacob Harshbarger Family 36 

The Mary Beckner Family 40 

The Rebecca Gish Family 40 

The Elizabeth Stair Family 42 

The Susan Gish Family 45 

The Anna Riddle Family 46 

amuel Harshbarger and his descendants 51 

The Elizabeth Frankebarger Family 55 

The Jacob Harshbarger Family 60 

The Mary Nofsinger Family 83 

The Susan Bonsack Family 90 

The Samuel Harshbarger Family 94 

The Catherine Bonsack Brubaker Family 104 




From a couple horn nearly two centuries ago lias sprung 
a family of over 3,000 members. 1 have the records of most 
of theiri It is now 40 years since I took the first family notes. 
I was appointed 24 years ago by tlie llarshliargcr Association 
at Ladoga, I ml., as Historian of the family. 1 h rough these 
years I have continuously gathered facts relative to the family 
and by its rctpiest I now present the same to them and the 

In all documents written in German where the name oc- 
curs it invariably is spelled I lirschbergcr. "Ilirsir means a 
deer, "berg," a mountain, "1 lirshberg," Deermountain, 
"Hir'schbcrger," an inhabitant of Deermountain. 1 suppose 
some local mountain among the Alps was so called and all 
who lived on ibis particular mountain were called llirsch- 
bcrgers. Our ancestors came from llasle, Switzerland. Just 
east of this city is a village called I lirschberg, and of course all 
its inhabitants are I lirschbergers, the same as those in 1'itts- 
burg arc Pittsburgers. If this is a very old town it may be 
our name was thus and there derived. 

I find a multitude of 1 1 irsehberger families in this coun- 
try and Europe. I do not suppose them to be derived from a 
common ancestor but from a common circumstance such as I 
have pointed out above. To those who have studied the deri- 
vation of -modern names I am sure this explanation will be 
sufficient. In transferring the name from German it has been 
modified and corrupted so that it is spelled ill many ways, 
even by the same branch of the family at times. As the ma- 
jority of the family spell it Harshbarger 1 shall use that form. 
"The Rhine country from 1618 to 1748 was a continuous 
field of carnage. Three stale churches denied all others the 
right to exist". Whose faith was of dilTernt sort found life 
a Dtirden and a cross." These are the words of a historian 
who wrote of that country and age. This is the age and coun- 
try in which our ancestors first emerged from the great Ger- 
man mass and become known to us individually. From this 
historical statement we can understand why the valley of the 
Uliine from the Alps to the sea should pour out into America 
its conscientious, pious and, al time, fanatical peasantry. And 
when we consider that they were exiled for conscience sake 
we can also understand why they sought that particular state 
whose constitution say: "No human authority can in any case 
whatsoever control or interfere with ihe rii;hl of conscience." 


"J"" ihink ..f ibe original couple coming alone .•„„! anion., 
strangers is a wrong view, lor multitudes came from the same 
community at the same lime. At times a ship would he ehar- 

,7 ,',. ! i ,'," • nml ' K ' w, \" ,c co "ff«-cf;atio,, erne together 
Inil .-etc at the same place. It was the age of religions colo- 1 have found a number of families associated in Europe 
who have move si.Ic by side, from place to place for nearly 
S* v arS : }?"*"*&' rchgion. early associations, and family 
Iffimlic:. hcl.1 them together. They were religious dissenters 
and a class to themselves. What the Pilgrim Fathers were to 
F»jjland they were to Germany and thev largely helped to. 
make the civil and re hgious conditions peculiar to this country 
I found these people scattered along the Rhine for a distance 
H .)W miles. I ersecut.on drove them into Pennsylvania and 
their settlements extended from Ccrmantown to Chambers- 
|trg, half the distance occupied in Europe. After the Revolu- 
tion a branch of them was deflected down the Shenandoah 
\ alley. After the war of 1812 they crossed the Ohio. Hitherto 
like a river, they moved in a narrow channel, but after reach- 
in? the Mississippi Valley, which spreads out as a mighty 
ocean they scatter to the four winds and lose their distinc- 
tive characteristics in the great American mass. Members of 
our family were borne along with this tide until some were 
carnc.l across the western mountains and today arc found 
scattered along the coast from Puget Sound to the mouth 
of the Colorado and a few have drifted to the shores of Asia 
I litis starting from central Europe our family in 150 years 
lias nearly girdled the globe. 

Type, or family resemblance is so striking in our family 
hat various members of it have been revealed to each other 
| t alone. ,\ 1 larshbarger if true to the type is large, low [„ 
stature, heavy set. fleshy and large around the waist Mis 
complexion is fresh and healthy, and the hair light He is 
ungainly in gait, lacking elasticity in step. His movements 
are slow and staid, never nervous and lively. His head is 
large and square, the top and bottom equally developed The 
check hones are slightly prominent, nose very prominent 
I he forehead is broad, never low or retreating! The conn- 
lenance is pleasant eyes clear, but not lively. The mouth 
is. straight or slightly drooping at the corners. The carriage 
s a ways erect, not even stooped by old age. Our common 
uotlur ,s describe.! as true to this type as were her three 
•oii>. lie next two generations show a few exceptions easily 
»ccal>Ic to the parent outside of the family. The type is fast 
^appearing and is the exception in the youngest generation 
llus type is due largely to nationality, and was common 


among the Hermans ni soul hern f'a. 150 year ago. 

Having traced ibis family through seven generations. I 
have not found a single criminal nor pauper, neither have 1 
found one who refused In pay an honest debt. We have some 
wry rich, but no millionair; some poor, but none objects of 
charity. Thrift is characteristic of the family. 

Perhaps no family ill this country of equal number and 
as widely scattered has owned and cultivated as much land as 
the I larshbargers. They are pre-eminently an agricultural 
family. Ever moving- westward in .piesl of new lands, thev 
siezc on large tracts which they bring under cultivation anil 
send out children to repeat the process. They are a family 
of farmers. Other occupations arc exceptions. 

The family has been and is pre-eminently religious. Sel- 
dom is one found in middle life who is not a professed Chris- 
tian and many arc ministers, or church officials or otherwise 
prominent in religious work. The older members almost 
without an exception were Dunkards (a term not acceptable 
to them, but here used to prevent ambiguity). The great bulk 
of the family is still of that persuasion, though the latter gen- 
erations arc somewhat departing from that faith. 

I have had nothing to do wilh th great liodv of this 
book except to copy the matter furnished me. in which I found 
many mistakes. Many, no doubt, remain for which I can 
not be blamed. Many parts of the work are incomplete be- 
cause those knowing the facts would not furnish litem, re- 
fusing even to answer a letter. Such do not deserve lo be 
represented. However, most of those asked for information 
have willingly assisted me in every way possible. Especial 
thanks is due lo Austin Mires. Ann heavers, lohn Stair, 
Daniel ISrubakcr. J. N. I larshbarger and Jennie Sail ford for 
their abundant labor in collecting and shaping the material 
of their respective families. If any family is better represented 
than another it is not that I so elected, lviit because that family 
manifested greater interest in the work. 

Any one wishing to insert pictures were granted the priv- 
ilege, provided they paid the cost. In this no partiality has 
been shown. 

A family history is constantly growing. P.irlhs, mar- 
riages, deaths and removals are ceaseless. ,\ book containing 
geneologieal history should provide for such additions so 
thai th.- owner of ihc book mav keep his family records up lo 
date. For this reason blanks will be found at the close of the 
book and we suggest that these lie numbered and references 
made s., as ,,, connect the facts in I he book wilh those made 
ir.-ni lime to time on ihc blanks 

WILLIAM L. ANDERSON '- ' ' ' > . ; 

Secretary and Family Historian cf the Harshbarger Association 



Jacob flircllberffer an. I Marie ILva I'ctra were born in 
Switzerland, in or near P.aslc. Ilcyond this couple our an- 
cestors are lost in the obscurity of the past. 1 heir names, 
however, tell us that on the paternal side, somewhere in the 
dim distant past when names were derived from circum- 
stances instead of parents, our ancestors were among some 
wild German tribe amidst mountains and deer; while on the 
maternal side we come from one of the gentler races that in- 
habited the northern shores of the Mediterranean. It is 
therefore, no surprise that this couple should be found among 
the Swiss, whose country separates that of the Germans from 
the Latins and becomes common ground for the intermingling 
of the two races. , 

For two centuries before their birth hurope was involved 
in religious wars. Dissenters on every hand were struggling 
for religious liberty, while state churches with sword, anil 
fire and torture strove to smother out heresy. Our ancestor*, 
being in central Europe, were in the storm center of it all. It 
is not strange that they were involved. They were in good 
circumstances, owning property in the city, but being heretics 
they were stripped of it all and allowed nothing but one 
change of raiment. They became exiles, homeless, pennylcss. 
Holland became the Protestant's great battlefield. Here 
tens of thousands perished fighting for religious liberty, and 
Holland became the asylum of the persecuted who came from 
many countries to find refuge. Our ancestors sought this 
refuge. How without means they made the long journey 
from the Alps we arc left to conjecture. It is probable they 
lloatcd on rude barges with the current of the Rhine to the 
.likes of Holland. As the Pilgrim leathers sought refuge in 
Holland until they could perfect their plans to come to Amer- 
ica, these pilgrims also made Holland a way station in their 
journey to the new wortd. To them America not only meant 
civil and religious liberty, but opportunity also. They 
planned great things, having nothing, but having the patience 
ami perseverance of their race, in the end they more than 
realized their expetations. 

In those days labor was cheap and ship passage dear. It 
took seven years of labor to pay passage across the Atlantic 
for a man and wife. At the lime they reached Holland it was 


ihc greatest emporium for cloth in the world, and weavers 
were in demand for weaving was the chief industry of the 
people. I'otli of our parents labored on Dutch looms and by 
their joint labor earned their passage in three and a half years. 
I'licy became experts and transmitted their business to' their 
children and many of their descendants to-day take pride in 
displaying samples of the fine workmanship of their an- 

In their journey across the ocean they touched at Ports- 
mouth, England, and remained a few days. While in Holland 
their first child was bom and named Mary Elizabeth. During 



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and Two Old German Bibles. See pp. 54 and 62. 

the voyage it dies from smallpox. Weighted with sand bags 
it is lowered from the ship's side and lies buried in the At- 
lantic. This our first death, is the first child of the first known 
couple. The mother came near following the child, for over- 
tome with grief for her child, she fell overboard. A sailor, 
named Fbersole. seeing her blue linneu dress beneath the 
water seized a hook, thrust it into her garments and drew her 
up. A moment'* delay ami none of us would have been, on 
such slender threads hang the destiny of things. She came up 

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ii 1 1. ii \usi i r..\u< ;i-.ks n 

L-iingin^ to n little iron pot which she happened to have in 
her hainl when -lie fell. This vessel she sacredly kept for W 
vears. and then be-piealbed it to the oldest daughter of her 
voungesl son. who carried it to Indiana. 'Ibis woman kept 
"it 50 vears and Kave it to her youngest daughter, who earned 
il to iowa. and after keeping it 25 years returned it to Indiana 
and sold it to the I larshbargcr Association. For 20 years it 
has remained among the collection of our family relics. It is 
155 years since the accident that made this vessel famous 
took place. _ . 

A few years ago a voting man in Iowa, in a social gather- 
ing, told the story of the little pot. A stranger with surprise 
heard it, for it was his great grand mother who fell overboard. 

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The Old Chest 

lie sought the young man's home and was surprised to find 
a first cousin of whose existence he hail known nothing. Here 
the little pot had rested a quarter of a century, lie was 
farther surprised and pleased to find here. also, another relic 
of equal value of the little pot. one that had conic over the 
ocean in the same ship and had been handed down to the 
same persons and hail kept its company all thesj^-yrars. It 
was an old chest. In il. perhaps, was conveyed to this coun- 
try all the properly of our common parents. It is nearly 4 
feel long, about 2'/j wide, and nearly 2 deep, with iron handles 
and a mammoth key. It is now in the family of Daniel 

I kutiw of but one other relic of this old couple. It . .• 
peculiar knife called by the Hermans "walker niesscr." (a 


walking knife). Any one seeing it in operation will know why 
it was so cnlicil. It is composed of a semi-circular blade with 
a handle on each end and was used to chop sausage meat or 
vegetables. The operator seizing the handles and throwing 
his weight on the knife rocks it to and fro until the substance 
beneath it is cut to the desired fineness. It is now in the 
family of Mary Plaine at Salem, Va. 

Our ancestors landed at Philadelphia and going westward 
some seventy miles settled in Lancaster Co. Pa. Here was 
born to them three sons. After some years they moved to 
Franklin Co., near Chambcrsburg. We know that Jacob was 
alive in 1758, and that he was dead in 1792. When he died 
and where buried no one knows. His wife may have been 
a widow 60 years, we know she was 25 years. 

As to the religion of this first couple we only know that 
they were dissenters. It is supposed they held the views of 
the Dunkards. This doctrine was preached in Basle before 
they left, and after they settled in Pa. they were closely asso- 
ciated with this people, but no Harshbarger is found on the 
rolls of the Dunkard church previous to 1770. Maria Eva 
certainly united with that church before Iter death. 

We have the birth record of Jacob's oldest sou, which 
says that event too kplace in 1755. His youngest son wrote 
that he was born in 1759. Having the birth dates of the oldest 
ami the youngest of Jacob's three sons, we can guess closely 
the age of the other. As Jacob's first child, Mary Elizabeth, 
was born in Holland anil his second in America, we know the 
voyage took place between these two events. From these 
known facts I give the following dafes as approximately 

correct: v,<^-' 

Birth of the fourth child 175V _ ct , 

Birth of the third child 1757 j^.^' 

Birth of the second child 1755 "" 

Date of the voyage 1754 ,^ r 1 

Birth of the first child 1/53^ • 

Date of their marriage 1752 

Date of arrival in Holland 1750, for they were in Holland 
nearly A years before the voyage. We can also approximate 
the dates of their births, since we know she was nearly 100 
years old at her death, and she died a short time before 1320, 
so she must have been born not far from 1725. Durst Arameii, 
an associate of Jacob, was born 1730, we know that Jacob was 
from 5 to 7 vcars older. 

For some reason there is a general impression that they 
were married before they left Switzerland, which I think erro- 
neous. That they should be childless for several years after 



marriage t licit have four children in six years, is not only un- 
natural, but without precedent in the gcncolngical lists of their 
descendants. The only natural place for this event is 1752. 
But since both iivcd in the same town, were exiled in the same 
way, came to the same country at the same time and co- 
operated for passage money from the time they arrived in- 
dicates that they were lovers among the mountains of the 
Alps, but being homeless and without means, with the journey 
to America before them their marriage was prudentially de- 
layed until they saw their way clear to America. This view is 
confirmed by being the only one in harmony with all the known 

After the death of her husband. Mother Harshbarger made 
her home with her youngest son, and in 1792 moved with his 
family to Va., where she resided at least 25 years. She lies 
in the Harshbarger grave yard a few miles north of Roanoke. 
She is described as a typical German woman. She was heavy- 
set, weighing nearly 300 lbs. in her prime. She was quiet, 
even tempered and cheerful and of a generous nature. In her 
last days her mind dwelt much on her early history, which 
she frequently recited to groups of her grand children and 
great grand children, who, deeply impressed by these strange 
tales, stored them in memory and in after years recited them 
to their grand children. Before she died she divided the few 
articles she still owned amongst her relatives and friends as 
mementoes, not forgetting her negro servant. The relics she 
most prized she gave to those she thought would most likely 
transmit them to her posterity. 



per famil^iMnraTlt^Sto!";] ''j'* lhrce sons, the Harshbar 

o miles on the other side L , { Ja ff«nstown, another 

".en drowned ,,, a spriiie ThuV, JI,c T on, y daughter had 
vs.t the next year, brinjg, „ rc "„ T* J Uab ret " r »«l he 

I" Uns account only fo llr sn,V r h,a co «»ns. 

>™TO was horn^.lr ,C V a r : 4 , r; Uio ' le ', 1 - «*l as the 

'" L " m, »K ''«■• married a tvid.,» 


Sellebarger anil by her harl ,„, 

settled on a farm near Clov'e ,| . JE?! " ! T! t * ,, "™ry. Jacob 
where he died in 1850. hav „'.„,;, ^ V' ,1 . I W ,, K« brother, 
was U3 lye.™ old a i the time ," '„"', '" l " 1 ' '"* brothers, am 
about -(0 i„ M.I., a „,| a , )0 "^ "<; >"ed about 2.5 years i„ J 'a., 

«n an elevation in the corner art h '' nCl< ? f ,,is ultl >><>»* 
'"marked an«l uninclosed „ , I sav ^h • hcy i 1 *""' " l " :i K™« 
barker lies. ' '"'" *•'> l '>at ■* where Jacob Harsh- 

■Mrs. George Alvers ..i 

f« »»on.c in his las, .lavs* She saVs * IT ? "■" oM '» a » «>«' 
larshharoer. J | is r n ,.;„ j,, m ' ^mv f- , ''Vf* 1 "/^'"'or to Jacob 
«« home ami ate with the ami ° n l ' ,CrS - ' oft «» viiitcil at 
noted for his hospital!,; ]| "5 S V" was V *V "oeWilc ami 
ra',1 Knee at his"nieals. lie »«,!) T Ur >' Wlwioiw, always 
integrity. If he evc _ '.,. ',,* a . I)u "kard and a-ma,. of ,-,,.,, 
Rood fan,,, raided mueh'frT, Kd wa^ "IT j '' "'"'"«• 
'-avy-set and very large a '„ . uf "'"" ' U ll °' ,lc "as 
without suspenders, trinm,." i ,, ■ V,l,s ' •"" l wore pants 
walked with n cane, ami In , I ' ?'"' ■'' drnH-i.rtHiic. e 
buried him i„ |,is vkr. i i nsl ,l:i - Vs was blind Tl . , 

^WoiMShft?" " is "-"> l'i-s wife w" 
a bachelor about 35 vears o II | ° °" C Wa ? ,cf « bm »«in- 
Ike his father, hein- ,-,|l » ■ " n,arri ^l- Me was , 

'^t I though, hi,,,;, Lom v Lt::° r ■","', siU '"'- so 'niSi s. 

» a "- .' 'I- not .Inniri.e as -| T''' 1, ,, ," t 'l? tt ' as ; ' K I 

er writes "l.-ather was ,„ a cl„, l,u : mber - '"" daVigl,- 

f«M0ji before he died. |. liv' ' ' " U " ,,,L -'-- ''"t ,„n,le a oru- 

di«! young. The ,„her f„„ r , ,V n c!l l<lrc »- ''"th of who,,, 

and William. '««r clnldren are Jacob, Henry, M arlI "" 

'■ Jacob was b 'jfi ,„ '77 , , 

James Oscar. 1, „,' nu^tu^l? ' i,,ia '». '>■ 79. 

I Ho,, Mla. ,, v.,;,, A [ ; - --, VJ. an,, , las Kosn> ,, . 

4. William, h r,' ,,,'Vi- 

"w»h ■>! (in farms near l>y. a ' llv "i^ ai 




"Christian I lirschbcrgcr is unto the world born in the 
year 1755 the 20th of September, after midday 5 hours, in the 
sign of the Ram. IJis parents are Jacob 1 lirschbcrgcr and his 
lawful wife Maria Eva.' 

This is a literal translation of his birth-record which 
I am convinced was written by one of bis parents in less than 
two years from the date above. If so it is the oldest family 
document we possess. It also furnishes a fixed date on which 
we hinge much of our early history. For these reasons 1 shall 
give the history and a description of this venerable document. 

Nearly 7? years ago one branch of our family disappeared, 
no trace of it could lie found. A short time ago a stranger re- 
ported that there were persons living in Illinois bearing strong 
family resemblance to the I larshbargcrs. 1 opened corre- 
spondence at once and was told that they had an ancient docu- 
ment in German that they could not interpret but believed it 
would throw light on our relationship. A copy was sent me. 
To my surprise 1 read the words quoted above and saw that 
an immense family of relatives were discovered and a fixed 
date established on which to center our early history. 

It is written on a heavy card board 15x19 inches. The 
back ground is dark. The letters arc mostly wdiitc. There are 
seven lines. The letters in the first line are dotted with red ink, 
in the second with black. There arc waves and curls between 
the lines of bright red. The border is three inches wide and 
decorated with stars, sprays of (lowers and leaves in red, cream, 
black and brown. The letters in the first three lines are more 
than an inch in height, in the next two less than in inch, in 
the sixth about the height of the first but very close together, 
in the last they arc about one-half inch. The letters in the 
first half of the fourth line arc the only ones in black. The 
letters of the first, third and fifth lines and the last half of the 
fourth line and the name Maria Eva in the last line arc in 
English capitals, or what is called Old English, which was 
used in Germany at that period. All else is in small German 
print, not script. It is skillfully executed and shows the hand 
of an artist. The persons having this singular document were 
the descendants of Christian I larshbargcr. For years no one 
among them could interpret it. At one time it was thought 


Intl.- value liint it w: 
nl nil'. Inn it was sn; 

irnwii mi. 


day. As to its 


ire ai 

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injj it i 
note lb 

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1 Its appearance show 

2 It is pure German, s 


ucli as no member of our family 
even wrote since the original couple who were native 
Germans. We have many family documents in Ger- 
man, but all are more or less corrupted, or Pennsyl- 
vania Dutch, so much so that many of them arc "ar ; - 
most unintelligible to German scholars. 

3 The decorations and cmbelishments arc peculiar to 
the period indicated by the date and not common sub- 
sequently, lleforc me arc two German Ilibles. one 
printed in 1755; the other is 1765. both arc, to some 
extent, similarly embellished and decorated with dif- 
ferent kinds of ink. 

4 It says "his parents arc," the present tense indicat- 
ing that they were alive at the time of the writing. 
Had they, or one of them, been dead it would say 
"his parents were." 

5 If they had other children at the time lliev would nol 
have made a birth record of but one. In preparing 
this work I have examined the birth records of more 
than a hundred families anil often found only part 
of _ the children recorded, but in each case ft was 
evident the records were made before the birth of the 
the unrecorded children. I take it that the case be- 
fore us is no exception, and for these combined rea- 
sons I believe these words were written, at least 
dictated, by the parents of Christian I larshbargcr in 
less than two years after his birth. 

Nothing is known of his youth. It is that he 
did nnj move to Franklin Co. will) the familv. hut remained 
with Ins wife* pcple in Lancaster Co. lie married llarbarv 
Amnion. Si frequently have the Amnion* intermarried with 
lis that more than half of the I larshbargar< have 
Itlwi... I he head ..f this familv is l> Ilr <, Amnion 
ran parallel with that ,,f t|„. | H . a ,| ,„• ()llr< 
from I'.asle. both canto to Ainei 
near each oiher. |uM hero a pb 

Monks liecailic related to our familv. 


whose life 
They both came 
1754. ami both settled 
ory is told ,,f |,„w the 
The Germans in that 



day had n ciiM'im which permitted the girls to "pop the ques- 
tion" on Si. Valentine's day. They baked lilllc biscuits cut 
out with their thimbles, and on this day would go on the 
streets and offer this bread to any young man they wished. 
J l* he accepted these biscuits it was understood he accepted 
the girl also. A young girl named Eva Routt offered hers to 
Durst Ammen .which was accepted and thus they were en- 
gaged and were married in 1757. Many of her descendants 
are found in both the second and third divisions of the Harsh- 

Durst's family became numerous, a number of them nota- 
ble. They were an intellectual people and leaders. Among 
them we find teachers, artists, painters, editors, lecturers, of- 
iicials of various kinds. Commodore and General Ammen 
are well known in military circles. Their women possess 
grace, dignity and force of mind, lint brilliancy and genius 
are often accompanied with e.xccntricitics, and this family is 
no exception; "peculiarities" ofter crop out and some have 
unballanccd minds. In those branches of our family having 
Ammen blood the Ammen traits are frequently seen. 

l'.arbary was the oldest child of Durst. She was married 
about 1779. in Pa., but immediately after the Revolutionary 
war her father purchased 1512 acres of laud in Va. and moved 
Ins family, including Christian and l'.arbary, in 1784 to that 
state. They settled on Mill Creek about, three miles from 
Fincastle. Here Christian lived for more than forty years, 
and here he and l'.arbary died. Concerning her death her 
youngest daughter writes me saying: "While I" was still 
nursing mother took the white swelling in her hip ami I had 
to be weaned. When it came to a head so that it had to be 
lanced, father sent for old Granny Ridlcsbarger, a doctor 
woman, who came and lanced it. Father asked her how long 
it would take to get well, she said ten weeks if she gets along 
real well, but she lay two years and ten months and died." 
This daughter was born in Nov., 1799, and from her statement 
1 infer l'.arbary died 1803. when she was 44 year old, for she 
was born 1759. Christian's second wife was a widow named 
Garman. but she had no children. 

In the will of Durst Ammen who died 1805, I find he gave 
Christian 118 pounds of money as a final settlement. How 
much he received previously is not recorded. Christian died 
June 29, 1827. twenty years before his other brothers, at the 
age of 72. lie lies in the old "Dutch grave yard" near his 

Christian 1 1 arsbbarger was a fine, large, good-looking, 
sensible man i»l fresh complexion, lie was not only heavy set. 

but in his old age became very corpulent. A grandson of his 
said to me, "1 often sat on my grandfather's knee, but was al- 
ways afraid I would fall off since bis protruding stomach oc- 
cupied' most of that territory." In mind it seems he was more 
comprehensive and liberal than his brothers. He was a mem- 
ber of the Dunkard church, but in religious views a Univer- 
salis!, so ardent and zealous that he distributed literature of 
that faith among his children and grand children, some of 
which we have to-day. 

He had ten children, viz: 

Infant, born 1780 Mary, born June 29 1789 

Catherine, born Oct. 6. .1781 Rebecca, born 17';] 

Samuel born 1783 Elizabeth, born .... '. '. '. .1794 

Infant, born 1783 Susan, bom 1797 

Jacob, born 1786 Anna, born Nov. 21 1799 

Omitting the two who died in infancy, we have eight chil- 
dren who became the heads of the eight great families of the 
second division. 

Catherine had fourteen children, Samuel fourteen, Jacob 
nine, Mary one, Rebecca seven,- Elizabeth eleven, Susan four. 
Anna ten. a total of seventy. Mary died in Va.. Samuel, Re- 
becca, Elizabeth and Susan died in Ind.. Catherine and Anna 
in Iowa, Jacob in Illinois. All except Mary, Susan and Eliza- 
beth moved first to Highland County, Ohio. 

The Catherine Deardorff Family 

Catherine I Iarshbarger was born in Pa. When 3 years 
old she was taken lo Va. where she grew to womanhood on 
her father's farm. She was married Apr. 26, 1799, to John 
Deardorff, who was born 1779. As the Dcardorffs inter- 
married into prominent branches of onr family, I shall briefly 
notice their early history. It is said that nearly two cen- 
turies ago a Dunkard preacher named Anthony Thierdorf 
lived near Hcidlchurg, in Germany. Being persecuted he fled 
to Holland and soon after came to Gcrmantown, Pa., with 

Catherine Deardorff 

three sons. We find them in York County in 1738. One of 
these sons also named Anthonv, had a son I'etcr, born 
1 712. 

About 17-15 a man 'named Swyer was crossing I lie ocean 
with a large family. The mother died on the voyage and the 
children are scattered, some it is said were hired out In pay 
the mail's rid 4s. One of these was Christina, who was Imrii 
in 17.V) and married this IVler I IcarrioilT. who settled on 



Conewagn Creek, near York, where thirteen children were 
liorn to them. They were Henry. Susan. Christina, Elizabeth, 
Rebecca. Catherine, Mary. Anna, Salome, Peter. John Jacob, 
and Samuel. We call attention to but four of these. Salome 
failing in health was sent away to a medicinal spring. While 
absent two of the older sisters were sitting at work in a re- 
mote part of the house. One looking up exclaimed, "Why, 
there is Salome come home." The other glancing around saw 
the little girl standing in the doorway. Thev hastened lo meet 
her. but she could not he found. The next day word came 
that she had died at the hour of the vision. Since this tradi- 
tion has held 125 years and been widely circulated, the event 
must have made a deep impression. 

Peter Deardorff and his thirteen children were once 
neighbors of Durst Ammcn and his nine children while in I'a. 
Though separated when both families moved to Va., for Peter 
settled in Bedford County, ticar Teaks of Otter, some miles 
from Fincastlc, the children did not forget each other. John 
Am men crossed the l'.lttc Ridge and took Anna for his bride, 
while Michael Ammen chose Catherine, now grandmother to 
J. M. ilarshbargcr. I'rcs. of our Association. I'.ut notice, these 
girls had a young brother John, who, coming to see his sisters, 
meets Catherine Ilarshbargcr. She is the daughter of I'.ar- 
bary the sister of John and Michael. Thus the Dcardorffs be- 
came linked to the I larshbargcrs through the Anuucns. 

Just here I shall add that old Mother Deardorff. once 
Christina Swyer, after the death of her husband in 1812. came 
from Peaks of Otter and made her home with her daughter 
Catherine and her son John, all living on the Ammcn estate. 
In the family grave yard nearby there is a tombstone on which 
is written, "Christina DeardorlT, died 1824." Three years 
after Christian Ilarshbargcr was buried by her side and her 
stone marks the spot of our great parent, for there is no stone 
lo his grave. 

After her marriage Catherine Deardorff remained in \'a. 
seventeen years, where her first six children were born. About 
ibis time new lauds were being opened in western Ohio, and she 
and a number of her relatives settled in I lighland Co., in IKK.. 
bit! in less than twenty years these families were scattered 
westward. Catherine ami her family went to Intl.. where 
several of her children married. She finally moved In Iowa 
and settled a few miles west of liiirlinglmi, where she died 
in lN7i. She was a woman full of life and energy, even in her 
old age. ever cheerful and disposed In look on I be bright side 
■ •l all things. She was large ami lleshv. weighing Jul lbs. 1 | cr 
' >i' K '"» was .lark, her hair and eves black. Her n..s c was 


prominent ami she was truly of the 1 larshbarger type. She 
could never he idle, regularly retired at 9 o'clock and arose at 
4. ller disposition was mild, yet firm. She never manifested 
anger. She ruled her children with firm justice. Her home 
was a general rendervous for the youth of all her neighbor- 
hood. She enjoyed their sports hut permited no offensive 
language or actions. The children loved and obeyed her. 
She hail little education, but was an intelligent conversa- 
tionalist, and her memory was so good that she was au- 
thority on Scripture, of which she was very fond. She and 
hci husband were Dunkards and her home was the "meeting 
house" for many years. Iter hospitality for strangers and the 
homeless was unsurpassed. Gen. Kossuth, the banished pat- 
riot, once sat at her table and blessed the repast she set before 
him. She was among the first to visit the sick and afflicted, 
her skill as a nurse was well known and her services were 
more often sought after than that of a doctor. When she 
was Hearing her three score and ten, her brother Samuel left 
Western Indiana and traveled westward 175 miles and came 
to the home of his brother Jacob. From there they both went 
westward some fifty miles and came to her home in Iowa. No 
doubt but this was the last meeting of these venerable pat- 
riarchs now bcome the heads of three great families, for they 
were the parents of thirty-seven children and numerous grand 

Catherine Dcardorfif was the mother of twelve children 
who became heads of families. 

1 Christian, b. Jan. 17,. 1805 

2 David, b. Apr. 17. ... 180f> 

3 lacob. b. Mav 23 1R08 

4 Elizabeth, b. Mar. II.. 1810 

5 John. b. Dec. 27 1811 

6 Rebecca, b. Mar. 15.. 1815 

7 Anna, b. Sept. 18 1817 

8 Catherine, b. Sept. 4. 181" 

9 Toscph M., !>. Mar. 1.1821 

10 Sophrona. I). Ian. 29.. 1823 

11 Samuel F.,b.'|u!y 14.1825 

12 Wm.H. B.b.Mar.28.1728 

It appears that this entire family after leaving Ohio set- 
tled at varoius places in Iud., but afterward continued mov- 
ing to Iowa until all were citizens of that state. Seven of 
these children left Iowa for the Pacific coast, whose move- 
ments and growth we will trace as soon as we give attention 
to the five who remained, who were David, Jacob John, Eliza- 
beth and Catherine. 
1. DAVID DEARDORFF came to Ind. about 1827. ant! m. 
Margaret Hendricks. She d. '38, and he m. Elizabeth Ronk, 
'40. ami moved to Iowa, but went to Cedar Co. Mo., '56, 
where he d. '80. His first two children died young, three 
daughters by first wife survived him. 

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1. Margaret, b. '34, m. Mr. Mock and hail Amos. 

2. Elizabeth, b. '35, m. J. E. I'.cydlcr and has William and 
Fannie. Elizabeth lives at Jcrico Springs, Mo. 

3. Katherine, b. '38, in. R. II. Smith, '66, and has Henry 
who lives in Mont. After the death of Smith she in. John 
Six and had Frank, who also lives in Mont. I!y his second 
wife David had 

1. Thomas who joined the Confederate Army when 20 
years old and was captured, but released at the close of 
the war and went to Memphis, Tenn., where he died. 

2. John, who was b. '42. 

3. Henry, b. '44, m. '64, and bad nine children, six living 
All arc in Mo. Henry lives at Jerico Springs. 

4. Jacob, b. '46, in. Sarah Walker '66 and has (•rank, who 
has three children at Jcrico Springs, Laura who has three 
children at Jerico Springs, Thomas who has one child at 
1'latt City, Mo., Charles who tins three children at Jerico 
Springs, Annie who is a stenographer living with her par- 
ents at lloliver, Mo. 

5. Rubin, b. '48, m. '75, has four children living at I'rotei 

2. JACOB DEARDORFF settled in Iowa opposite 
Navoo, III., 1848, and died there 1850. His children were 
Catherine. Lydia, Sarah, Daniel. Andrew, William and John. 

3. ELIZABETH DEARDORFF, m. Mr. Kingery and 
moved to Iowa about 1854, and lived near Albia. She had 

seven children. 

4. JOHN DEARDORFF m. Elizabeth Ilcndrix. '37. Moved 
to Iowa '43, and d. there '61. His children arc: 

1. James, b. '40, had seven children three living. Their 
home is llrookficld, Mo. He m. '68, and d. '85 in Mo. 

2. William Wiley, b. '42, m. '66, had six children, four liv- 
ing. They reside at Hale. Mo. 

3. Simeon, b. '44, m. '67, has one son. They live a': Trinidad, 

4. Nancy, b. '46, m. '65, had six children, five living. Their 
home is Newton, Kan. 

5. CATHERINE DEARDORFF, m. Wesley Williams. 
She moved to Iowa where she died about seven years ago. 
She had twelve children, most of I hem still live near the old 
DcarforlT home in Dcs Moines County. Iowa, though some 

have moved to Kan. 

The discovery of gold in California created great excite 
itienl in the slates and caused a large migration to the I'acifi 
(•nasi. Catherine's oiliest son first settled there and was so 
followed by six of the younger children anil their families. 


Leaving the aged mother, now past her three score years and 
tell oil I lie .'Villi of March, 185.?, they leave the hanks of the 
Mississippi, and in wagons drawn l»y oxen slowly wend their 
way across arid plains and rugged mountains. After five 
months of weary travel they land near Portland, Oregon. From 
here these families scatter up and down the coast. We shall 
now take them in order of their births and trace their future 

6. CHRISTIAN DEARDORFF, m. Matilda Landis and 
when 45 years old settled on a farm ten miles cast of Port- 
land, where he died at a ripe old age. lie had four sons and 
two daughters 

1. John, who had Albert, who lives at Lents, Ore., Dennet 
and other children. 

2. David, who had a family. One son George lives at 

3. Tobias, who had no children, lie, David and John were 

4. James G., m. Caltha Cotton and had Mary, deceased, and 
Clara, who m. I'.cnnett Dcardorff, son of John. Clara has 
a daughter, Mabel .at Lents. James graduated in the East 
and became an educator of high order, lie was Principal 
of the L'mp(|ua Academy, Wilbur, Ore., for some years. 

*• lie was also a speaker of more than ordinary ability, and 
ns a preacher was prominent among the Methodists. He 
died in early life of consumption. 

5. Rebecca, m. Sherry Ross, a leading citizen of Portland. 
They had four children, all deceased except Mary J., who 
was m. '72. to Tyler Woodward, a banker of Portland. 
Their daughter Mayamah in. Mr. Seely and has a son, h 
'0(>. and lives at Germautown, Pa. 

6. Hulda J., d. '05. She m. Charles Darling, a ship carpen- 
ter, of Portland, Ore. Her son. W. H. Darling, lives in 

77. REBECCA DEARDORFF married Christian Scars and 
settled in Marion Co.. Oregon. She had a child and grand 
children, hut all arc dead and the family is extinct. 
8. ANNA DEARDORFF, aside from her mother, is the 
most prominent person in the Dcardorff family. Iler de- 
scendants arc numerous and many of them possess remark- 
able energy and intelligence. She was born in Ohio. She 
married Flemming l'.yars in Ind., in 1838, and by him had 
five children, lie died in 1848. and she married John Mires 
in 1851. ami by him had six children. In the spring of 1854 
she went with her family to the I'lnpipia valley, ten miles 



west of Oakland. Oregon, where she continued until he 
death in 18 ( >4. She sleeps in the Oakland cemetery. Wi 
will trace her eleven children in the order of their births. 

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John H. Mires 

Anna (Byars) Mires 

1. William H. Byars was born 1839, and has led an active 
and varied life. He crossed the plains from Iowa to Oregon 
when 13 years old. While yet a lad he carried the U. S. 
Mail from Oakland, Oregon, to Vreka. Calif., owr a route 
175 miles in length through an unsettled country infested 
by hostile savages. The next three winters he spent in 
school and prospected in the summer for gold, lie taught 
school in 'CO and '01, and was appointed County Survevor 
in T>1 lie spent the next two winters in the Willamette 
University at Salem, Oregon, and the next three years in 
the mines of Idaho. In Yi5 and 'od he was a soldier in the 
Oregon Cavelry. In V>7 he graduated and was elected 
County Superintendent for Douglas Co., and became Coun- 
ty Surveyor in TO. In '72 he became editor and publisher 
of "The Roseburg Plain Dealer." which he continued for 
ten years. In 'X2 he was elected Slate Primer ami moved 
lo Salem, Oregon. Here he bought "The Oregon Stales- 



man." a daily and weekly journal, and staid with it two 
years. He became City Engineer of Salem and was ap- 
pointed Surveyor General of Oregon for a term of four 
years. After this he served as Commandant of the Ore- 
gon Soldier's Home at Roseburg. He is now at Salem as 
Civil Engineer and U. S. Deputy Surveyor. He married 
Emma Reed and had six children, viz: 

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Ana Azalia, 1). '69. She m. Sherman Thompson and lias 
Aline. 1>. '88. and Lulu, b. '90. They live at Salem. 

William F., I>. 71. Having finished a course in Willa- 
mette L'uiversity, he qualified himself as Civil Engineci 
and draughtsman, and was employed in the Surveyor Gen- 
eral's office at Portland several years. He afterward moved 
to (ioldendale. Wash., where he was Assistant Countv 
Recorder. County Surveyor and U. S. Deputy Surveyor. 
He published the "Goldcndalc Sentinel" twelve years. He 
conducts a Contract and Title office at Goldcndalc at pres- 
ent. He married Ada Ncshilt and has Nesbitt, b. '93, 
Azalia. b. '95. Alfred, b. '99, Marion and Margarite, b. '01, 
Josephine, b. '04. 


Alfred H., married Anna l.iincbaugh and i- a physician 
al Sugar I'iiu*. California. 

Mera Bell. b. 75, ■]. 'SI. 

John Rex. b. 77. lie graduated from the I 'on laud High 
School at the age of 16, and began the studv of medicine. 
When the war with Spain began he joined the army and 
sailed for Manilla where, notwithstanding his tender age, 
lie was given a responsible official position. As soon as 
mustered out lie entered medical college and graduated in 


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Rex Byars 

of';... 'J r- 'I'm" " C " t - a 2 f*y"cian to China and was the first 


at Salei 

William F. Byars 

c then went as | 

>f our family to reach the ri^VAifr.'" Oal'hia'munK 

it Satan ' ,iC< ' lhC " CM >mr ° f tl ' ,,cr ««losis 

Vera May, I, 'S-l. She married Ronald Glover and is 

U.ngrcssm.n, llawleys private seer-Mary at Washington 

2 Rebecca Frances Byars was |,orn 1X40. She married 

*™"«» Kinimiw •" '!» 1 in I'll, a Vallcv .,,„, , ' 

urn ha, eleven child,,, | ,, fliwl j„ 7/ J . aIll , in '^C^l 
rir.I[.uilfj. Melsee and ha, I two children bv him She ,li,. 
• I v ..veil... Wash. VKM,. | , w Udrteen children will .nb. 
mentioned in the order of their l.irtbs : ' 


Anna Romane, 1). '58. She is unmarried and lives at St. 
Andrews, Wash. 

Mary Romane, b. '59, el. '62. 
John Romane, b. '61, d. '63. 

Lucy Romane, 1). '63. She married George McKee in '81. 
Her children arc Myrtle, b. '82, Lulu, 1>. '84, Claud b. "86. 
In 04 she married S. D. McCaulcy ,a policeman, and all 
live at Walla Walla, Wash. 

George Romane b. '65, d. '66. 

Monroe Romane b. '66. lie lives at American Lake, 
Wash, lie married Mary McKee in '94 and has Claud Mon- 
roe b. '04. 

Francis M. Romane b. '68. He married Sarah Hess and 
has Kcrtha b. '04. They live at Ilillsboro, Tex. 

Matilda Romane b. 71. She married E. J. Mcj<cc and 
has Martin b. '92. Muriel b. '94. They live at Davenport, 

William Romane b. 73. He resides at Alberta, Canada. 

Howard Romane b. '75. lie married Stella English and 
has Vclma Dell b. '01. and Albert Ernest b. '04. lie is a 
harness maker and a farmer at Covello, Wash. 

Byars Romane b. '76. He was a soldier in the Philippine 
Islands. Xow lives at Ellcnsbuigh, Wash . 

Alexander H. McKee b. '82. He married Carrie Cordell 
and has Vcva Irene b. '06 and Vera Lorenc b. '07. lie is 
a farmer at St. Andrews, Wash. 

Hattie Emma McKee b. 'S7. She married Grovcr Cordell, 
brother to Carrie, and has Mary Frances b. '07. They also 
live at St. Andrews. 

3. Mary Catherine Byars, the third child of Anna Dear- 
ilorfl', was born 1842. She married David Hamilton in '58. 
They live at Fossil, Oregon. Their children are as fol- 
lows : 

Ralph b. '59. He married Paulina Brown in '88. They 
have no children. 

Wayne b. '61. He married Mattic Johnson in '87. They 
have no children. 

Anna b. '66. She married Charles Prindle in '88. Their 
children and Milo Watson b. '88. Orland b. '90, Mabe h. '92. 

Henry Myron b. '74. He was killed in '94. 

Edd Lee b. 74. A. '81. 

4. Elizabeth Barton Byars was born 1845. She married 



filltt in the Cinpipia Valley 
Mchama, Onvni. She liai 

Lewis Stout in '(.." at ||| C old h 
1 hey arc living on a farm neat 

William H. b. '66, d. '96. 

Clara b. '69. She married Will. P. Mulkcs, a merchant of 
Mchama, in '97. They have Mcral Jessie b. '99. Lawrence 
Ivan b. '02, Elizabeth Jane b. '04, William Theodore b. 

Lois b. 71. She married Benjamin Irving a clerk in the 
Land Office at Washington. D. C. Thev have Benjamin 
Barton b. '91, Iona Margaret b. '93, Robert Lewis b. '00. 
Jane Catherine b. '05, John b. '08. 

Annie b. 73. She is a trained nurse. Her address is 

Mary b. 75. She was a teacher, now wife of C. A. Mul- 
key, brother to Clara's husband. They have Margaret 
Olga b. '03, Dwight Lewis b, '04, Genevieve b. '06. They 
reside at I'.cavcrton, Oregon. 
• Jessie b. 78. She is Assistant Matron at the Blind 
School, Salem, Oregon. 

Alpha b. '81. She is the wife of W. F. Harncr, a lumber- 
man. They have Elvin Gerald b. '07, Ravmond and Ronald 
b. '08. They reside at Dallas, Oregon. 

Ray b. '85. He is a Civil Engineer and Draughtsman for 
R. R. at Portland. 

Luther b. '88. He is at the old home, a farmer and 
stock raiser. 

5. David Byars died in infancy. 

6. Austin Mires, first child of Anna DcardorlT bv second 
husband. He was born in 'F>2, in Iowa and taken to Ore- 
gon in infancy. He remained on the old farm mi the 
Umpmia Valley until 21 years old. He received a good 
education and taught several vears. In '77 he became 
mail agent on the route from Portland to Roseburg. After 
holding this position three years he resigned and' went to 
Ann Arbor. Mich., and entered the law department in the 
I nivorsily fmin which he graduated in '82. He began 
the praclec of law in Knseburg but was elected that vcar as 
Uiiei Clerk in the Oregon Senate. The next vcnr he 
ninvtil l<> Lllcnburgh. Wash., where he still resides l| c 
was the first Mayor of the city and held the office two 
terms. He was lily Attorney three terms, and Cilv 
Ircasurer two terms, and SrlloiH Director one term He 

was \iee-l 'resident ,.[ ih c F.llcnsburgh Xatioiial P.ank six 
years, lie was elected delegate to assist in framing the 


constitution, of the Stale ol* Washington. lie was ap- 
pointed on the State Hoard, lie was President of the 
State liar Association in 1902. lie was appointed by Prcs. 
McKinley Supervisor of Census. lie was appointed by the 
Gov. of Wash, to draw up an irrigation code. He has tried 
many important cases in the supreme court of his state 
besides serving in many minor political offices. Notwith- 
standing his busy life he has found time to greatly assist 

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Austin Mires 

inc in securing these records. He is described as a very 
agreeable, genial and public spirited man. He m. Mary L. 
Roland in '84, and has three children, 

Anna Wanda b. 'S5,' m. Edward George of Olympia, 
Wash., in '0>, and has Austin Orville b. '08. 

John Roland b. '87. 

Eva Helen b. '93. 
7. Benton Mires b. '53. He received a fair cduaction and 
taught school a number of years. For a time he engaged in 
slock raising near Fossil. Ore., but now lives at Drain, 
where he is a merchant, lie 111. Ada Putnam, a descendant 
of the famed Israel Putnam. His children arc. 



Harris F. b. 79. in. Pearl Hurt and has i daughter fi 
years old. 

Anna R. b. '82, m. Del. Kuykcldall in '05. who is a lawyer 
living at Kalamath Falls, Ore., and has two boys. 

Thomas B. b. '84, d. "85. 

Mary V. b. '89. 

Velma b. '95. 

8. Anna Mires was born '55. She was educated at Unipqua 
Academy and taught several years. In 77 she married 
C. R. P.onham, a blacksmith, and has Mires b. '85. They 
live at Tyler, Wash. 

9. Margaret Mires was born '57. She graduated at Unip- 
qua Academy in '82 and taught some years. She in. ItrilCC 
Roadman in '87 and d. in '89. Her child Carl, lives with his 
aunt Addie at Spokane. 

10. Addie Mires was born '59. She also graduated 
from Unipqua Academy and taught a number of years. 
She m. Hannibal Cole in '8."!, and has Ruth b. "93, d. '96. 
They live in Spokane, where he is Register of I'. S. Lam 

11. John S. Mires was born '63. lie also graduated at 
Unipqua Academy. He m. Allic Xackcry in '88. Their 
childcrn are Veda Emma b. '89. m. lohn Ycwtcr. '08. and 

■ has Mildred Helen b. '08. Mildred Eva b. '90, Addie b. '00. 
For several years John S. had the position of Indian Farmer 
for the Coville Indian Reservation. He is interested in 
mining property on Chrlcy Lake, where he resides. 
Thus ends the Anna DcardorfT family, sprung from a 
woman of strong hopes ami courage, whose chief accomplish- 
ments were those belonging to wife and mother. She could 
cook, weave, sew and spin, but never learned to dance or play 
cards. Hers was a life of toil spent on the frontier without 
conveniences or luxuries. She was a stranger to hate and 
never spoke ill of any one. She was loved by everybody and 
everything that came in contact with her. She was intensely 
religious and a member of the Methodist Church. 

9. JOSEPH M. DEARDORFF also settled near Oakland. 
in '54, but later moved near Canyon City, Ore, whore he 
died about '93. He had the following children: 

1. Flemming who in. Miss Manwcring and has four boys 
anil six girls and lives at Prairie City. Ore. 

2. Mary Ann who in. John I'.eunett and has three boys and 
three girls. 


Mrs. Kincadc and lives at Oakland 

3. William L., win 
ami lias a family. 

4. Peter K., who has eight children and lives at Myrtle 
Creek. Ore. 

5. Robert H., who m. Miss Turcman and has Julia A., m. 
to Lincoln Manwcring; Adda in. to William Fisk; George 
P., m. to Miss Lihhy; \V. J., m. to Miss Angel; Clara and 
Harrison are unmarried. 

6. Sarah in. Cy Bennett and lives at Pilot Rock, Oregon. 

7. ' Jane m. Mr. Tucker and lives at Seattle, Wash., and has 
a family. 

8. Angeline in. Mr. Lawrence and has three children and 
lives at Canyon City. Oregon. 

9. Evaline died in infancy. 

10. Joseph in. Miss Lawrence and has two boys and two 
girls and lives at Prairie City. Oregon. 

|0. SOPHRONA DEARDORFF, b. '23, m. '40 to Sanford 
Mires, a brother to the husband of Anna. Instead of set- 
tling in Oregon with the others she and her brother Samuel 
went to California and settled ten miles east of Stockton, 
where thev raised families. She died at Hanford, Calif., Oct. 
30, 1908. She had eleven children. 

1. Lucinda 0. b. '42, m. W. Cook about '57 and by him had 
five children and was divorced. She resides at Seattle. 

Charles W. in. '06 and lives in Alaska. 

Ama Isabel in. W. W. Stockwell and resides at Stockton, 

Ada Josaphine m. Douglas Young. She has Douglas and 
Marjorie. She is divorced and lives in Seattle, Wash. 

Eva Louise in. C. 1'. Dam. She is divorced and is a 
trained nurse in Seattle. 

George W. disappeared some twenty years ago. Sup- 
posed In have been killed by Indians. 

2. Elizabeth E. 1>. '44, m. to Benjamin Snow. She was 
divorced and d. '93. She had three children. 

William who has a family. 

Nellie B. who in. W. II. Wilson and resides at Bowdill, 
Alberta, Canada. 

Alice who d. unmarried. 

3. John Ncwlin li. '4o. drowned Y>2. " 

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4. Mary Jospchinc li, '4N. in. Henry < ieiseke and had Fred 
and blank. Imlh married. < ieiseke died and she in. Mr. 
Stoddard. They were divorced and she in, Mr. 1'il'er and 
had Jay I'.bner. She was again divorced and m. Mr. Man- 
griim. She was divorced from him and in. Nicholas Ran- 
dall and had Mary Hell, who in. Mr. Whilaker. She was 
divorced from Randall and in. Mr. Rose and lives in Kansas. 

5. Henry Clay b. '50 in. Sarah Linibaugh and has nine chil- 
dren and lives in Faslon, Oregon. 

6. Robert G. b. '52, in. Mary Orlniaii and had Ida Maude, 
lie was divorced and by other marriages has a large family 
in Eastern Oregon. 

7. Charles F. b. '54, never married. He was a horse-trainer 
and it probable that no man was his superior in the busi- 
ness. He worked in Oregon, Washington, and British 
Columbia. About '05, he had a fall that injured him perma- 
nently. He d. '08. 

8. Lewis Napoleon b. '56, lives at Hickman, Cal.. a few 
miles south of Stockton. He is a farmer owning 900 acres. 
He is president of a large irrigation company, an important 
position in that part of the state. He m. Finiira Kate Ry- 
craft, '82, and has 

Hazel Adell b. '83. who in. Guy LaSourcl. 

Arthur b. '85, who m. Geneva Hall and has Vincent. 

Edison Lewis b. '94. 

9. Anna Bell b. '59, m. William Edwards and has Lottie 
Irene, William, Lulu, Clarence, and Arthur. Thev live at 
Stockton, Cal. 

10. George S. b. '60, m. Lucctta llawley, '02. and has no 
children, lie lives on a farm near Hanford. He also owns 
400 acres of valuable land in Oregon. His father d. 'S2, 
and for twenty-six years he supported his mother, who 
lived with him and died at his house Oct. 30th, 1908. l|j s 
brother Charles, the horse tamer, had recently returned to 
he with his mother. The next morning aftcr'her death he 
committed suicide by shooting himself. 

11. Adalaide died in childhood. 

11. SAMUEL F. DEARDORFF m. Susanna McVcv ami 
came to Cal. in '54. He lived near Hanford ami d.' there 
about 1900. He had two sons and three daughters. 
1. William P. DeardorfT b. '50. m. F.ugcnia I'.allou 71. Ik- 
is a machinist and locomotive engineer. He has four 


Edward S l>. '72, is also n mechanical engineer hi San 
Francisco, lie m. Carrie Clouj^haild and lias Frank ami 

Eveline Laura l>. '75, m. Waller Wyatt '9t>, and has 
Lanrcna. They reside at Los Angeles, Calif. 

Elsie 1). '78, in. Samuel Speak '98 and has Alta. They 
esidc at Ilanford, Calif. 

Ida, l>. '81, m. William Morgan '99 and has Eugene Wal- 
er. They reside at Los Angeles. 

John H. Deardorff b. '54, m. Rehecca Hackett and lias 
Brcncc, Walter, Oscar and John. They live on a farm 
tear Hanford. 

Mary Deardor;. in. Roy 1 lowland and has 

Chares C. who has two children. 

Rowan Irvin, a lawyer, who has Florence and lives in San 
lose, Calif. 

Robert D., who is a farmer. 

Laura Deardorff m. Thomas Dillon, a farmer of Trav- 
erse, Calif., and has Grace m. to Wm. Clark. 

Jennie Deardorff m. Frank McClellan, a farmer, and has 
Clayton. They reside at Ilanford. 

WILLIAM H. B. DEARDORFF, the youngest and 
mrteenth child of Catherine } larshbarger, was six feet tall 
id spare, weighing 190 lbs, lie was full of energy, enter- 
rise;and daring, an athlete hard to beat at running, jumping 
' wrestling, lie was an ideal frontiersman and undertook 
rge and dangerous enterprises, When a boy during the 
J's he frequently went down the Mississippi from llurling- 
>n to Xcw Orleans on freight boats. In '49 when 21 years 
Id he crosed the plains to California in company with other 
ruing men. Having spent a couple of years there he went 
) Portland, where he found his oldest brother who had 
llowed him to the West. Having spent some months in 
• rcgon he planned the perilous undertaking of riding 
iroiigh hostile Indians back to the Mississippi with only 
vo companions. He arrived there in the fall of '52. That 
inter he married Gcorganna Harl and organized a coin- 
any of about 100 of his friends and kindred and starting 
i the spring safely led them to the western ocean. In the 
wing of '54 with many of his relatives he went to Southern 
Jregon from Portland anil settled eight miles east of Oak- 
md where he .lied Nov. 2n. 1901. 

lie was fond of out-iloors sport and was an enthusiastic 
Alter and an excellent shot and U-u.itlv was a winner in 


shooting matches, lie was an expert trainer of race horses, 
lie loved music and was a good violinist, lie was fond of 
history and loved to repeat it. He was extremely compan- 
ionable, warm hearted, hospitable, sympathetic and kind. I le 
had the following children: 

1. Albert b. '54. With desperate struggles he fought his 
way up to a good education. He completed a medical 
course at Keokuk, Iowa, in '82. lie practiced some years in 
Oregon and had a successful practice of about ten years at 
Fresno, Cal. From there he went to San Francisco, where 
he lost his property and nearly his life in the earthquake. 
He then moved across the bay to Picrkclcy, where he now 
enjoys a fine practice and has built the Golden Gate Sani- 
tarium specially for the treatment of tubercular and 
bronchial diseases. This treatment is a late discovery 
and consists in generating oxygen in the stomach in a 
nascent form. His success in this treatment was so re- 
markable that he established this sanitarium. 

2. Josaphine m. Mr. Looney of Jefferson, Ore., and has two 
boys and one girl. 

3. Marceny m. Wm. Mc Cullough and has three boys and 
one girl. 

4. Bell m. A. Hunt of Ashland ,Orc.. and has Myrtle G.. 
Ina May, John William and Bennett F. 

5. Horace m. Mrs. Bradley and has Augusta, who in. 
George Keal, and Esther, who m. Ora Pilkington. Horace 
is a prominent horseman and resides at Oakland. 

6. J. William lives at Oakland and has no children. 

7. Kate m. Spratt Wells of Blythe, Ore., and has one boy 
and one girl. 

The Samuel Harshbarger Family 

Samuel was bom in 1783. having a twin broiler who died 
in infancy, lie married in 1804 and settled in Highland Co. O., 
near Lecsbtirg, as early as 1812. About 1828 he moved to hid. 
and scltlcdc on the Wabash a short distance above Delphi, 
where he died about twenty-five years afterward. lie was 
a large, heavyset, well developed man of agreeable disposition, 
very sociable, a good talker and jovial. In belief he was a Uni- 
vcrsalist. lie had three wives and fourteen children. 

Sarah, his oldest child, was born in '05. She married 
Raleigh Swearingcr in '31, and had Rcnoni in '34 and died 
'46. Uenoni married Evaline Hunt in '57 and died '89. 
lie had six children, none had issue except Mary, who 
married William P. Heath and by him had Mary Jane 
about 5 years old. They live in LaFayctte, Ind. 
Christian died in Ohio. 

I'.v second wife, who was sister to the first, he had: 
Ann, of whom nothing is known. 
Catherine, of whom nothing is known. 
Elizabeth, who died in Ohio. 
John, who died in LaFayctte. 
I'.v third wife he had : 
Mary, who married Mr. r.rcllcnham. 
Rebecca, who married Mr. Stephenson. 
Susan, who married Israel Steel and had a daughter 
who married Mr. Italian). The families of Mary, Rebecca 
and Susan moved to Monticcllo, 111., where they disappear. 
Martha's history is unknown. 

Maria married Jacob Spcccc and had Nannie, Samuel 
. and Mary. Nannie married John Burr and lives in Delphi, 
Ind.. but has no children. Samuel and Mary live in Fort 
Wayne, where Mary is the wife of W. R. Kilgorc. 
Eliza married Daniel Spccce but had no children. 
Mark had one son who lives in 111. 
Charles died young. 

The Jacob Harshbarger Family 

Jacob Harshbarger was born in Va.. 178C), where he lived 
thirtv vears ami where his first four children were born. He 
moved' to Highland Co.. Ohio. 1K1C, and settled at a place 
called Rocky l-'ord. From here he moved to Mari|Ui>n, 111.. 
in 1835, where he died. Willi the exception of one visil made 


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him by J»i— brother Samuel in tin- 40V when llicy together 
visited their oldest sister there is no evidence that since 1835 
■ny member of his family has met any <>f their other relatives 
until within the last year. Fpr many years this family has 
heen lost to us and was accidentally discovered by family re- 
semblance. One who knew Jacob well, says: 

"lie was a fine specimen of manhood physically, being 
well built and nearly six feel tall and weighing 200 lbs. In- 
tellectually he was above the average in ability and intelli- 
gence, lie was strictly honest. In religious belief he was a 
Universalis!, and tried to live up to that belief — 'live right." " 
He married Elizabeth Beckncr and had eleven children. 

Joel, born 1810 

John, born 1811 

Leah, born 1 SI 3 

Samuel, bom 1815 

Christian, bom 181 7 

Johnathan, born 1819 

Susanna, born 1821 

Joseph, born 1823 

Jacob, born 1826 

Henry, bom 1829 

William, bom 1831 

1. JOEL HARSHBARGER was remarkable for his size 
weighing over 400 lbs. This, no doubt, he inherited, since 
his grandfather weighed over 300, and his great grand- 
mother nearly as much. Nearly all the older Marshbargers 
were unusually large. Joel had two children. 

1> Elizabeth m. Asbury Clark, both deceased. 
2. William M. b. Nov. 7. 1835, m. Elizabeth Strong, '55. 
He d. 06. He had six children. 

Dorcas Elmer b. '56. m. Taylor Lauderback '74 and lives 
in Kansas City, Mo. 

Amon Jared b. '58, was twice ni. and lives in Los An- 
geles. Cat. 

Orville Charles b. '62, d. 74. 

Tilla Edith I). '67, m. Rev. J. D. Smith and lives in Ot- 
tawa. Kan. 

Clarkson Eddy b. '67, lives at San Francisco, Cal. 

Joel Wilson b. '72, m. twice and lives in New Orleans. 

2. JOHN HARSHBARGER m. Margaret Scamihorn and 
has nine children. 

1. Sarah Eilzabeth has six living children. She and three 
of her children. Milton, Tilla McKcnna and L.enna Bridge- 
water, live at Maquon. 

2. Mary, of whom nothing is known. 

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4. Martha Stargcl has fuur children and lives at Dcs 
Moims, Iowa 

5. Leah Gill lias five children and lives at Cedar Rapids, la. 

6. Jacob is unmarried and lives in Colo. 

7. Newton lives at Dcs Moines, la., hut has no children. 

8. Ella Hitt of l'onliac. 111., has two children, one. Mrs. 
I. Initio Moore, lives at Ma<|tion. 

9. Emma Housh of Omaha. Neb., has three children. Clyde 
and lav are at Omaha. 

3. LEAH HARSHBARGER m. Stand Myers and by him 
had John Will and Julia, the latter m. Mr. Eastes am, lives 
in Greenfield, Inch, where Leah died. Leah's second hus- 
band was Bigger Scott, by whom she had Lizzie, who is 
m. and lives in Neb. 

4. SAMUEL HARSHBARGER 1>. '15, was a noted pioneer 
Methodist preacher well know in Western III. He m. Cyn- 
thia Ann Combs '37, had thirteen children and d. '73. 

1. Mary Elizabeth b. '38, m. Peter Thurman '57. 

2. Catherine b. '40, m. Jasper Hughs '59. 

3. William H. b. '42. Lives at Los Angeles, Cal. 

4. Richard H. b. '44. Lives at Abingdon, III. 

5. John Milton b. '46, d. '47. 

6. James Newton b. '48. Resides at Lawrence, Kan. 

7. Jacob b. '50. Resides at Peoria, III. 

8. George W. b. '52. Deceased. Has a son Geeorge 

9. Leonidas Hamlin b. '54, m. Laura Gold '81. Lives at Ab- 

10. Martha Leah b, '55. 

11. Lydia Jane b. '58. 

12. Robert Lincoln b. '60. Resides at Lawrence, Kan. 

13. Charles Franklin b. '62, m, Anna Austin '92 and lives 
at Abington, 111. 

5. CHRISTIAN HARSHBARGER had no children 

Iloush and had six daughters. 

1. Leonora, deceased. She had Blanch Hughs of Gibson, 

2. Alice Brown has four daughters, viz: Myrtle l'.cau- 
meisier, Klwood. 111.; Mary Evans; Mrs. Dehnar Mcl'ad- 
den; Bessie Brown, all three at Inula. Okla. 

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3. Olive Hannah has Pearl Waller of Macjuon ; Mrs. Glenn 
Cation of Vales City, III.; Delta Tucker of Knoxvillc, 111.; 
Clyde II. Ilannali of Chicago, and two at liome. 

4. Delia Wolf. 1 1 it children are all at home. 

5. May Murry has six living children, two of them married. 

6. Edna Hughs has three girls at home, at Macjuon. 


8. JOSEPH HARSHBARGER m. Deborah Bartnctt and 
had ten children, viz: Chrilla, b. '48; Virgil, b. '50; Isabcll, 
b. '52; Annis, b. '53; Viola, b. '55; Soprona, b. '57; Esther, 

I deceased, b. '58; Henry, b. '59; Elizabeth, b. '62; Christian, 
b. '64. 

9. JACOB HARSHBARGER d. about 12 years old. 

10. HENRY HARSHBARGER d. at Santa Fe, N. M., un- 
married in the 50's. 

11. WILLIAM HARSHBARGER was unmarried. 

The Mary Beckner Family 

Mary Ilnrshbargcr was born June 29, 1789. She married 
John Ucckncr and died in 1810 in Va., leaving a son Samuel 
about five months old. Samuel was born Juply 1, 1810, and 
grew to manhood in Va. and came to La Fayette, Ind., in 1832. 
He was first mayor of the cily and held official and business 
relations there for more than fifty years, lie was gentlemanly, 
kind, sociable and agreeable, holding liberal views and a well 
balanced mind. lie died in 1890. He married in 1833 and 
again in 1835. lie had four children, all of whom died young 
except Mary, born 1843. She married Jasper Dresser, a promi- 
icnt business man of LaFaycttc. Her children arc Alta, b. 
64, el. '82; Emma, b. '65; Jasper, b. '69; Dean, b. 72. After the 
Icath of Mr. Dresser the family moved to Chicago, where they 
icsidc at present. 

The Rebecca Gish Family 

Rebecca Ilarshbargcr was born 1791 in Va. and grew to 
womanhood on the Christian Ilarshbargcr farm. She married 
lacob dish and moved to Highland Co., O, in 1816. Here six 
if her children were born. The family moved to lnd., and 
ctlled at LaFaycttc, about 1828, where they engaged in the 
">lel business. She died here when about 70 years old. She 
i a large woman, somewhat reserved though kind ami so- 
luble. She had seven children. 

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i. CHRISTIAN GISH. her oldest child married Margaret 
Lewis and hail six children. 

1. Rebecca married Murdiea IVcfc and bad Lucy, Fniina, 
Frank, Fannie, Addic and llaltie. Emma married Mr. 
Mitchell, Frank married Sally Flcminings and has Mordica, 
Addic, and the father and mother are dead. The others 
live in LaFaycttc. 

2. Jane married Wilson P.crky and had William, who lives 
in Ashton, S. Dakota, and John who lives in Frankfort, 
Ind. Jane's last husband is Mr. Taylor and they live in 
Frankfort, also. 

3. Mary is dead. She married Nelson Howard and had 
Mage, who married Mr. Snyder and has Arthur. They 
live in LaFayette. Mary's second husband was John 
Mcdicus, by whom she had Bert, who lives in Ft. Wayne, 

4. John married May Zimmerman and had Walter and 
Frank, all of whom live in Lafayette. 

5. Emma married North Parker and has Robert, Fred and 
Kitty. All live in Lafayette. 

6. Ann married Arthur Hussy and has Mage and George. 
All reside in Lafayette. 

2. SUSAN GISH was born 1819 and married Samuel Arm- 
strong in 1835, by whom she had Jane ami Samuel. Mr. 
Armstrong died in 1841 and she married Gideon Lane and 
had Eldon, Geneve, Frank and Nellie. 

1. Jane Armstrong married Mr. Bydingcr and had Rosilla, 
who married Joseph More of Chicago, and has four chil- 
dren, viz: Bert who has a family in Monticcllo, Ind.. Fred, 
who has two children, Wayne, who has a family and Walter 
whose family lives in Chicago. Jane's second husband was 
John Berky, by whom she had Nellie, who married Robert 
Hawkins and lives at St. Paul, Minn. 

2. Samuel Armstrong is unmarried and lives in Lafayette. 

3. Eldon Lane was born 1845 and married May Peck. They 
have three children; Edna, b. '73, in. Mr. Fitsimmons and 
and lives in Watterbury, Conn., and has two children; 
Dainaris. b. '76. m. Mr. (icrber and lives at Pittsburg, 
l'enn.; Mabel, b. '77, in. Mr. Wormly. The mother died 

4. Geneve Lane married William II. Bryan and lives at 
Sedan. Kan. She has three children. George in. Grace 
Suiiih and lives in Kansas Cily; Lizzie Hell in. Frank 
Shukers and lives at Sedan: Delia lives at home. 



5. Frank Lane is I lie proprietor of a provision store in La- 
fayette, lie married Amy Leslie an<l lias Ada, I). '84. 

6. Nellie Lane lives at New Richmond, Ind. She was born 
"57, and married 76 to William Vcss. They have Frank, 
h. 79; Grace, b. "81, m. '05, to Carl Greenburg of New 
Richmond ; Ida, b. '84; Ftta, b. '86. m. '07 to William Hiett 
and has Nellie Ida, b. '08, and lives at Wingate, Ind. 

3. MARY GISH died without issue. 

4. CATHERINE GISH married Mr. McGloflin and had 
Ada, who lives in Kansas City, Mo., and who married Reed 
Watson and had Bird of New York City, who married 
Robert Haley and had Hutton, who is a traveling man of 
Kansas City, Mo. 

5. JACOB GISH married Eliza Anderson and lives with 
his only child, George, in San Barnadino, Calif. 

6. REBECCA GISH was bom 1827, and married Joseph 
McCormick. None of her family is alive except Ella, who has 
a son Fred Lcsly who has two children. They all live at 
Jolictt, 111. 

7. ANN GISH married George Rodgcrs. a proniinet busi- 
ness man in Lafayette. She died some years ago. They 
had two sons. Thomas married Amy Brown in '83, and 
has Margarete. Bruce married Anna Baker and has Eliza- 
beth now 8 years old. Both are engaged in the book busi- 
ness in Cambridge, Mass. 

The Elizabeth Stair Family 

Elizabeth Harshbargcr was born 1794 in Va., where she 
remained until 1829, when she came with her family to Ind. 
I have shown that her sister, Rebecca, settled at Lafayette, 
and her brother Samuel near Delphi. She located about half 
way between them, all three being on the Wabash river. She 
married John Stair and had eleven children. 

1. SAMUEL, her oldest child, lived and died near the old 
home on the Wabash. He was married three times and left 
four sons. 
1. Albert Stair, b. '44, had six children. 

Mary, the oldest, m. Manford Davidson and has Charles, 
b. "91, Sylvia, b. "92, Cecil, b. '94, John, b. '98, Mildred, b. '00. 
William, b. '69, is unmarried and lives at home. 
Erne, b. '71, in. Mr. Gray and by him had Gladis, b. '95. 
and Paulino, b. '97. She is now Mrs. Arnold. 



Sylvia, b. '83, is a stenographer in Indianapolis. 

Ross, b. '86, and Lucy, I). "89. arc at limnc. 
2. Charles Stair, b. "48, il. 79. lie hail ( Mis ami Roger. 

Otis was h. 72, and has Frances Lucilc, b. '91, Otis W., 
b. '97, Carlyle, b. '99, Nina Hell. I). '01, George Kcnnith. b. 

Elizabeth Stair 

Rebecca Cish 

Roger was b. 76 and has Hawthorn, b. "''8. Anna and 
Margaret, b. '04. Roger is a physician. 

3. John G. Stair lives at Kansas C'itv, Mo., and has unc son 

4. Milton Stair is dead, lie in. Ida ( >hfili'haiil and has 
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2. HENRY STAIR live. I and died near llic old home, lie 
married Lydia Webb and had Charles and Mary. 

1. Charles is a merchant in Rensselaer, Ind., and has Fern 
and Floss, both of whom arc married and live in Rensselaer. 

2. Mary lives at Decatur, 111. She m. Dr. Brandon and 
has Charles, Lilly, Blanche and Morrison. All arc married. 
Lilly m. Will Gray and has one child. Blanche m. Mr. 
Wagonfcllcr and has three hoys. 

3. MARY STAIR'S family are all dead. 

4. FELIX STAIR went to Oregon in '52. After remaining 
at Portland a year he settled six miles west of Oakland in 
the same state. His first two children died young. Simon 
in. Susan Daniels and lives at Fossil, Oregon. The other 
children and their mother, who was Isaphene Willett, live 
at Stephens, Oregon, except Lilly, who lives at Mcdford. 

5. DAMARIS STAIR married Stillman Peck and had seven 
children as follows: 

1. Sarah died without issue. 

2. Mary and her only child arc dead. 

3. Lizzie in. Robert Sheets. Her son Warren lives at home 
and is in business in West Lafayette. 

4. John is death 

5. May in. Eldon Lane, her cousin (for her family, sec the 
Rebecca Gish Family.) 

6. William has Stillman. They are in Colorado. 

7. Hannah is now dead. She m. Robert Lee and had Mary, 
who lives in Ashton, S. Dakota. 

6 JOHN STAIR was born 1826. lie married Emma Arnold 
in 1856. He remained near the old home. He had five 
children as follows : 

1. Lizzie, now dead. 

2. James, who lives with his father. 

3. Louisa, who m. Clarence Whistler and has Lora, Helen, 
John, and Kenneth, all of whom are at home. 

4. Henry, who lives with his father. 

5. Cora, who in. Joseph Ransdalc and has Alta, b. '90, 
Lynn, b. '92, Lillian, b. '96. May, b. '99, Agnes, b. '02, Doris, 
b. '04, Damaris b: '07. She lives about three miles north, 
and her sister about three miles south of Buck Creek, Ind. 

7. JERRY STAIR died while on his way to California when 
20 wars old. 

8. SIMON STAIR died in California, 1853. He had Simon. 
Robert of San Francisco, and Anna. 

9. ROLAND STAIR .lied young. 


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10. EDWARD STAIR also .lied voting. 

11. ANTHONY STAIR was born 1840. and married Miss 
Connelly in 1K62. He is now dead, lie had, 

Kate, b. '67, who lives in Lafayette. 

Charles, b. '70, who m. Angic Timons and lives at Bat- 
tle Ground, Ind. 

Grace, b. '74, who in. Wilbcrt Scverson in '05. She lives 
in Lafayette. 

The Susan Gish Family 

Susan Harshbarger was born 1797 in Va. She came with 
her family, about 1829, and settled near Lafayette, where she 
died in 1830. She married David Gish and had four children. 

1. GEORGE GISH married Elizabeth Chalflant and settled 
near South Bend, Ind. He had five children as follows: 

1. Mary, in. James Streets and had Minnie. By her second 
husband. Chas. Ivans, she had Caroline. 

2. Josephine m. John Druery and has Lizzie. 

3. George E., was son of SarahSheets, the second wife of 
George Gish. He m. Miss Williams and has Lester and 

4. Grace m. Charles Culp and had George, who has three 

5. Ora Bell m. Henry Eller. 

2. SARAH GISH married Charles Baker and has two 

1. Mary, who in. John TccI and has Susan and Leo. 

2. Ella, who m. Rodolph Dunmoyer. 

3. CHRISTIAN P. GISH was born 1827 and lives in South 
Bend. Ind. He has four chil.ldrcn as follows: 

1. William, b. '53, d. '95. He m. Maggie Foster and had 
Walter; John, who in. Daisy Rough; Mabel, who m. Shirly 
Taylor and has Marcia. 

2. Martha, b. '55. m. Albert Hall. Their children arc Wit- 
her .who m. Pearl Hewitt and has Stephen; Mary, who in. 
Karl Jenny and has Ruth. Isabel and William ; Linda, who 
in. Frederick Sims and has Martha and Mary Elizabeth. 

3. John, b. "fiO, m. 1 1 attic Xickclbockcr and has Maggie 
and Carl. 

4. Anna. b. '65. m. Alfred Kimble and had Charles, who in. 
Ileliu I !■ >hn and has Laura Louisa. 

4. DAVID H. GISH died in 1905. 1 le married Mary Lemon 
and had one child. 

\ early all the Susan Gish family live in or near South 
Ken. I. Ind. 

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The Anna Riddle Family 

Anna I larshbarger was born Nov. 21, 1799. She died' 
May 23, 1899. Had she lived six months longer she would 
have been over one hundred years old. Her body was suplc 
and her mind clear almost to the last. She lingered long after 
all the other grand children of the original couple were gone. 

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To this generation she has been a living witness, and the only 
one, to much that transpired while the Harshbarger family 
was vet in its Yirgina cradle. With her I enjoyed an extensive 
correspondence and from her derived much of the early history 
of the family. She describes the home scenes, the tools 
and utensils, occupations and customs of our parents one 
hundred years ago. Through her we see the milk in the old 



l.ra»s mtlk bucket i.j Maria Eva. ||le biscuits .mm mil with the 
hiilc Ihimble of old Mother DeardorlT fur her grand-children. 
We see lur father weaving while her sifters warp ami quill, 
we sec_ the crowds gathering in her uncle's barn In worship 
God. Through her wc have a vision of things lime has long 
since swept away. 

She possessed the traits, both in'body ami mind, peculiar 
to the Ilarshbargers and held to their faitli for she was a 
Dunkard, as were all her children except two. who were Meth- 
odists. After her mariage she moved to Highland County, 
Ohio, where all lie/ children were born and most of them mar- 
ried. She moved to Iowa in 1853. At her death she had over 
250 descendants. In her last days she made her home with her 
ninth child, Mrs. Ann Heavers, near Leon. Iowa. She married 
John Riddle (formerly Riddell) June 29, 1820, and had ten 
children as follows : 

Samuel, born 1821 

Eva, born 1823 

Catherine, born 1825 

Rebecca, born 1827 

Jacob, born 1829 

Elizabeth, born 1831 

Martha, born 1833 

Mary Ann, born 183 c 

l'.arbary Ann, bom.... 18.' 
Sarah Jane, born 184 1 

1. SAMUEL RIDDLE married 1841 and had twelve chil- 
dren as follows: 

1. Mary Riddle, b. '43, m. Gabriel Merich in '64, and also 
had twelve children, viz: Louvala. b. '64. m Tames Paris 
80 and had Mcllic, b. '87. Guy, b. '89, Annie, b. '91, Agnes 

b. 91 Russel. b. '94. Ilulda b. '67, m. I. F. Chance '89 and' 
had Marion, b. 90, Celia, b. '91. Minnie, b. '92. Laura b '94 
Samuel, b. 'f>8: Thomas, b. 70; Tohnathan. b. 73 'd '/?• 
Elizabeth, b. 74, d. '88: Calvin, b. 76: Chancclor, b. '80 : 
Mary. b. '82; Annie, b. '84; Celia, b. '8d, d. '86; Bertha b W 

2. John Riddle, b. '45, d. 74. 

3. Thomas Riddle, b. '48, m. 79 ami had Guy, b 80 d '80- 
I'.crtha. b. '83; Mark. b. '91 ; llildah. b. '94. They live at' 
Garden drove. Iowa. 

4 ; vf. ra J^ Ridd,e - '"■ ' 4 ' J - '»■ J-->'"cs Deisher '68 and had Otis 
b. 69, Orm, b. /2. Verdic. I,. '82. They live at Woodland! 

5. Sophia Riddle, b ':>2 ,n. Charles l-aris 74. and had Min- 
nie, b /4. Mdton. b. '//, Mary. b. 77. John, b. '82. Carl 1. 
Ni, (_ harles b. '90. 

6 Ella Riddle h. '55. ,n. William Curry 75. She died in 
81. Her children are Lora. b. 76; Walter, b 78 d 7 
Loney. b. 79. d. '80; Melissa, b. '81. d. '81. 



. Susan Riddle, 1). '57, d "65. 

Melissa Riddle, b. '60, in. George Sapp '83 and hail Ross, 
I). '92. They live at Alberton, Iowa. , 

9. Almira Riddle, b. '62. 

10. A. J. Riddle, b. '66. 

11. Tacy Riddle, 1). 79. 

12. Jacob Riddle, b. '81. 

Tacy and Jacob arc by Samuel's second wife, Milcha 

EVA RIDDLE, b. '23. m. A. J. Beavers '45 and had nin<> 
children as follows: 

1. John Beavers, b. '47, m. '66. 
Sarah Beavers, b. '49, d. '49. 

3. ..James I leavers, b. '50, m. '70 and had ten children, viz: 
Clara, b. 71, el. 78; Nellie, b. 73, d. 73; Harvey, b. 75, d. 
76; Emma, b. 77, d. '80; Roy, b. 79; Julia, b. '81 ; Ira, b. 
'85 ; Guy, b. '87 ; Irl, b. '90 ; Oka, b. '93. They live at Wood- 
land, Iowa. 

4. William Beavers, b. '53, m. 73. He died in '94. His 
children are Ella, b. 74, d. '80; Orra, b. 77; William, b. 
79; Amy, b. '81 ; Bertha, b. '84; Infant, d. '87; Mabel, b. 
'88, d. '88; Maude, b. '89. 

Lenora Beavers, b. '55, m. Milton Lindsy, 73. Their 
children arc, Stella, b. 75, d. 75; Cordell, b. 77, d. 79; 
Bessie, b. 79; Erne, b. '82; Eva, b. "85; Infant, d. '88; Hattie, 
b, '90; Lucy, b. '92. They live at Davis City, Iowa. 

6. Mary Beavers, b. '58, d. '62. 

7. Thomas Beavers,-!). '61. He lives at Oak, Neb. 
Andrew J. Beavers, b. '63, d. '65. 

9. Elvira Beavers, b. '66, m. Traverse Lane '84. Her chil- 
dren arc, Gussie, b. '87; Verdie, b. '89; Nellie.i). 92; Clemin, 
b. '95. 

CATHERINE RIDDLE b. '25, m. Robert Holland '51. 
She lives at Garden Grove, Iowa, and has no children. 

REBECCA RIDDLE, b. '27, m. Benjamin Rains '53. She 
died '91, and he in '92. They had six children, viz: 

I John Rains, b. '54, m. '81, and had Carl, b. '82; Nora, b. 
'84; Minnie, b. '86. 

2. Elnora Rains, b. '57. 

3. Sedora Rains, b. '57. They live at Woodland, Iowa. 

4. Frank Rains, b. '59, m. '86 and had Claud, b. '89, and 
Dura, b. '92. 



5. Anna Rains, b. '63, m. Frank Dodd, '84 and had Reed 
b. '85; Ora, b. '91 ; Lay, b. '94. They live at Garden Grove, 

6. Christian Rains, b. 76. 

5. JACOB RIDDLE, b. '29. d. '30. 

6. ELIZABETH RIDDLE, b. '31. She lives at Obcrlin, 
Kan. She m. Thomas Montgomery '48, and had nine chil- 
dren as follows : 

1. Martha Montgomery, b. '50, m. J. D. Tracy, 69, and had 
Thomas, b. '69, d. 70; Alpharata, b. 71, m. N. J. Hall and 
has Orph, b. '90, and Oscar, b. '92; Junieta, b. .73, m. Wil- 
liam Buckmaster '93; John, b. 75; Cortus, b. 79; Charlc-' 
b. '82. 

2. Mary Montgomery, b. '53, d. '53. 

3. Eliza Montgomery, b. '54, d. '57. 

4. Eva Montgomery, b. '56, m. Taylor Fry, 78. ami had 
five children, viz: Lillian, b. '80; William, b. '83; Annie, 
b. '85 ; Harry, b. '87 ; Lottie, b. '90. 

5. William Montgomery, b. '59, m. '85 and had Ora Leroy, 
b. '86, and James, b. '87. They live at Oberlin, Kan. 

6. James Montgomery, b. '61, m. '87, and had Almo, b. '88; 
Glenn, b. '90; June, b. '94. They live at Tully, Kan. 

7. John R. Montgomery, b. '64, d. '65. 

8. Luticia Montgomery, b. '69, m. II. E. Counter, '87 and 
had llcnry, b. '88; Jane. b. '90; Thomas, b. '91 ; Fred, b. '94. 
They live at Obcrlin, Kan. 

9. Thomos Montgomery, b. 72. 

7. MARTHA RIDDLE, b. '33, m. John Saville, 'h3. who is a 
shoemaker at Fullelron, Neb. They have six children 
as follows: 

1. William Saville, b. '54, m. 74 and had Newton, b. 75; 
Nellie, b. 77, d. 77; Jessie, b. '81. 

2. Samuel Saville, b. \v, in. '89 and had Maude, b '91 
and Mary. I,. V3. They live at Fullcrlon. 

3. Stewart Saville, b. '60. d. '62. 

4. Mary Saville, b. '(,4, m. I.. I.. Taylor, '91, and has Clar- 
ence, I., ''ij, and l.yilia, b. '95. 

5. Annie Saville, b. '(,';. ,,i. |ohn Clark and has Charles b 
90. I hey live at Carlisle, Iowa. 

6. Nora Saville. It. 73. ut. Alax.m.Ur Norman. V.\, and has 
Kaliili, It. '*'•!. 


8. MARY ANN RIDDLE. I>. '.?5, m. Solomon l.cnlz. "55. 

nml had one cliilil by him. lie ilicil in '58. She in. George 
Wil»on, V>7. ami had five children, viz: 

1. Anna Lentz. b. '56, in. George Vance, '76 anil had Solomon 
li. 77, .1. '80: Iva, b. '79; Charles, 1). '81 ; Annie,- 1>. '91 ; In- 
fant, (I. '94; Infant, d. '95. They live at Burlington Junc- 
tion, Mo. 

2. Ollie Wilson, b. '68, m. Richard Potter, '90, and had Liz- 
zie, b. '91, and Frank, b. '92. They live at Siam, Iowa. 

3. Oliver Wilson, b. 70, m. '93, and has Glenn, b. '94. 

4. Kate Wilson, b. 73, m. Edward Suanders, '92. 

5. Ora Wilson, b. 75. 

6. Effie Wilson, b. 79. 

9. BARBARY ANN RIDDLE, b. '39, m. J. K. Beavers, '64. 
The records of the Kiddle family as herein presented are due 
to the untiring efforts of this woman. She has also greatly 
assisted me in securing the valuable facts given us by her 
mother, who lived in Mrs. Beavers' home. She has six 
children, viz: 

1. Alonzo Beavers, b. '65, m. '89, and has Coy, b. '90; James, 
b. '92; William, b. "94. They live at Lamar, Colorado, 
where he is engaged in life insurance business. 

2. Addie, b. '66. m. William Brown '87. Their children are 
Maud, b. '88; Myrtle.b. '90: Floyd, b. '93. They live at 
Leon, Iowa.. =""' "jr** S, 'i-"i , 

3. John Beavers, It. 68. Lives at Clifford, Iowa. 

4. Oscar Beavers, b. 72. A farmer, at home. 

5. Dellie Beavers, b. 77, d. 79. 

6. Linnie Beavers, b. 79. A teacher. 

10. SARAH J. RIDDLE, b. '41, d. '82. She m. Gary Disher, 
'6S, and had two children, viz: 

1. Millie Disher, b. 70, in. Ferry Brown, '88. Their chil- 
dren arc Cary, b. '89; Bessie, b. '91, d. '92; Alta, b. '93. They 
live at Conway Springs, Kan. 

2. Wade B. Disher, b. 76. 



Samuel was born Sept. 19. 1759. Like bis brothers, \vc 
know nothing of his youth, lie married Kli/.abcth tiish, 17K5. 
Like the Animens, into whose family his brother married, the 
Gishes have freely intermarried into the second and third di- 
visions of our family. 1 have shown that two of Christian's 
daughters married Gishes. Also like the Ammens. they were 
an intellectual people, some being authors and a number min- 
isters of the Gospel. 

Samuel and his wife both lived in Lancaster County, Pa., 
but afterward came to Franklin County, where they spent 
the first six years of their married life. About this time the 
rich lands in the Shenandoah Valley were being settled. Ilis 
brother Christian had gone down there to live sonic years 
before and he follows him in the autumn of 1792. Ilis family 
consisted of himself, his wife, his mother, and his two children. 
A large company of relatives and friends migrated with him, 

He settled a few miles north of Roanoke City, between 
Tinker and Carvins Creeks, a short distance above where they 
unite. Here he purchased a large tract of land lying principally 
between the two creeks. For temporary use he built a log cabin 
which he occupied about four years, having in the meantime 
constructed a two-story stone house near by on the banks of 
Carviu's Creek. It was so well constructed that it has endured 
unchangcd_to the present. It is about 16x20, having one room 
below and two above. Soon after he built a stone grist mill, 
just below the house and to the south. It was partly destroyed 
in 1877 by a flood, but what remains shows that it was a good- 
sized, substantial building. It was operated nearly eighty 

His increasing family soon demanded more room, lie 
built a frame attached to the stone house which contained 
three rooms. Here were housed ten persons, himself ami wife, 
his six children, his mother, and a negro nurse. 1 lerc for more 
than forty years he lived a ipiiet life. Tlltoilgll these years 
the mill went clattering on and the broad acres yield their an- 
nual income. In lime the aged mother is carried out anil laid 
beside baby Catherine, and formed the neueleus of the llarsh- 
bar^er ({rave yard. The children ^'o out one by one with life 
partners to build new homes. Bill iu-\v lauds have lured his 


:•: i-".\.Mii.v iiist<»ry cm- 

children to the West ami he longs In In- vvitli llicm. In IX.S7, 
when nearly lour score years old. lie joins them in the Racoon 
Valley in hid., and settled five miles southwest of Ladoga, 
where a do/en more years are added to his life and then he 
was laid to rest on the hanks of Cornstalk Creek, hy the side 
bf his wife who proceeded him sonic two years, lie died 1849. 
lie was a heavy-set man. well built, hut not tall. Though 
possessed of deep feelings he was not emotional. lie lacked 
breadth of mind, owing largely to his environments. Like the 
German peasants of his day he was a believer in "signs." lie 
carefully recorded the sign of the zodiac in which each of his 
children was horn, thinking this circumstance would affect its 
life. lie believed his chimney would smoke if not built in the 
right sign of the moon, lie would not cover his house until 
the moon was right for fear the roof would leak. Timber 
must he cut, fences built, seed sown when the sign was right, 
lie had a prcdjndice against English people and English lan- 
guage so much so that he objected to Germans intermarrying 
• •••ih the English. In this we must not judge him harshly, for 
early Germans in America were slow and very lot he to give 
ui) their language, manners and customs, and affiliate with the 
English. They carried this to a degree that grave fears were 
entertained and expressed by English statemen 150 years ago. 
[hey feared the Germans would not unify with the American 
people. Separate schools had to he maintained, interpreters 
had to he employed in the courts, documents had to he writ- 
ten in two languages or no business done with these immi- 
grants. Religious services were in German only where these 
German colonics were strong, they were so exclusive that the 
Knglish were separated from them as if an ocean intervened, 
?nd any encroachment on German life was resented. So tena- 
cious were these Germans for their ways that when their 
families were scattered among the English in the West they 
still adhered to their language in their homes. Many of the 
children of our family after 1840 could not speak the English 
until they attended school where they had to learn it. 

Samuel was a zealous Dnnkard, and held a deep preju- 
dice against all other forms of religion and would show dis- 
pleasure when his relatives would attend other churches, lie 
was a plain matter of fact man and took life earnestly, lie was 

traightforward in all he did and said and did not hesitate to 
tell a man that he was a liar if he thought so, yet did it with 
such childlike innocence that it was impossible to get offended. 

^'though intensely solemn in life he was not morose, hut checr- 
and companionable, lie was not only deeply religious in 

nature, hut carried it into his life. Ilcforc each meal he read 



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;i pa.-»age >>i Scripture and prayed and after eating lie returned 
Shanks fur I lie fund, lie was constant in attendance at divine 
service. I lis faith was implicit and his life devout. Like the 
men of his race at that age he was a slow, plodding, patient, 
persistant man who needed nothing hut time to make a suc- 
cess of life. 

We have a German ISihlc which was printed in 1755. It 
contains 1,400 pages. It is Id inches long, lOyi wide and 5 
thick and weighs 12 lhs. The lids arc nearly half an inch thick 
and as solid as wood, and each of their four corners are pro- 
tected by heavy hrass ornamental triangular tips three inches 
long. It is supposed the hook has been in the family over 125 
years. It is now owned by Samuel I larshhargcr's grandson, 
Samuel, son of Samuel. In this hook is the birth record of 
Samuel and his eight children, written in German, of which I 
will give an exact copy in English. 

Samuel I lirschbcrger. son of Jacob and Maria Eva Hirsch- 
erger, was born the 19th of September, 1759; entered the 
state of matrimony with Elizabeth I lirschbcrger, whose 
maiden name was Gischin, on the 2nd of July, 1786. 

Maria was born to the world the 5th of June, 1787; died the 
13th of September, 1789. 

Elizabeth was born the 3rd of February, 1790, between 11 
ami 12 o'clock of the evening, in the sign of the Scales and the 
monthly sign of the Crab. 

Jacob was born the 24th of June, 1792, in the afternoon 
between 4 and 5 o'clock, in the sign of the Virgin and in the 
monthly sign of the Crab. 

Catherina was born the 31st of July, 1794, between 12 and 
I o' clock, noon, in the sign of the Scales and the monthly sign 
of the Lion. 

Maria was born the 26th of December, 1796, in the morn- 

between 2 and 3 o'clock in the sign of the Fish and the 
monthly sign of the Goat. 

Snsana was born the 28th of May, 1799, in the morning 
between 5 and 6 o'clock. His sign is the Ram and with 
monthly sign of the Twins. 

Samuel was born the 11th of April, 1802, in the morning 
between 1 and 2 o'clock. His sign is the Lion and his monthly 
sign is the Goat. 

Catarina was horn the 18th of Angus 1804, in the morning 
ictween 7 and 8 o'clock. His sign is the Goat and his monthly 
>ign is the Lion. 

These records show two Marys and Catherines. The 
irst Mary and Catherine died in infancy, leaving but six 
children who raised families. The first three children were 



horn in Pa., the last three in the stone house, the other two in 
the log cabin. Elizabeth, Jacob, Mary and Samuel came with 
their families to Ind., where they all four died. Catherine 
moved to Tenn., then to Iowa, where she died. Susan lived 
and died near the old home. Elizabeth had ten children, Jacob, 
ten, Mary twelve, Susan nine, Samuel nine, Catherine twelve, 
a total of sixty-two. We will now trace the history of these 
six families in their order. 

The Elizabeth Frankebarger Family 

Elizabeth Frankebarger in her third year was taken 
from Pa. to Va., where she grew to womanhood. A short 
distance down Carvins Creek and on its opposite bank from 
the Harshbarger home lived the Frnnkcbargers . Their son 
Samue l loved the bright eyed, comely daughter of Samuel 
Harshbarger and in her eighteenth year they were married. 
For a quarter of a century they resided a short distance below 
the Frankebarger home, but in 1833 they migrated with their 
large family to Ind., and settled on a tract of land purchased 
on Haw Creek, two miles south of Ladoga. Here she resided 
until her death. To her had been intrusted by her grand- 
mother the relics which were brought from Europe, which 
she faithfully guarded until her death. 

She was commanding in appearance^ dignified in de- 
meanor, and when aroused could make one quail with a look. 
Even in her old age her eyes were sharp and piercing when 
she was moved ; yet she was companionable and humble. She 
possessed more than ordinary intellect and courage. She was a 
Dunkard, but tolerant in her religious views. She died 1872, 
and sleeps beside her father and mother. She had ten children, 
as follows: 

William, born 1809 

Elizabeth, born 1811 

Samuel, born 1813 

Susan, born 1816 

Rebecca, born 1818 

Mary, born 1820 

Jacob, born 1823 

Joel, born 1825 

Sarah, born 1 828 

Anna, born 1831 ■ 

1. WILLIAM FRANKEBARGER was drowned in Ohio 

2. ELIZABETH FRANKEBARGER in. Daniel Graybill. 
'32. and lived four miles southwest of Ladoga, where she 

il. '73. She had nine children. 

1. Rebecca Graybill. b. W^,. ,,i. Wade Harrison. '53. and d. 
'55. She had one son. William, b. '^.\. who now live- at 
I'.urlington. Kan. His first wife was Sarah Young, by 


whom he hail Iva, Ij. "75, cl. 77. I lis wife il. 75, and lie m. 
Sarah Davis, '76, b}- whom lie lias seven children, viz: 
James, 1>. 77, Earl '78, Cora '82, llattic '83, William '86, 
Alice '91, Hazel '93. James m. Sally Wilson, '06, and lias 
Beatrice, b. 07. lie is a farmer near Burlington, Kan. Earl 
in. Maud P.accr, '08. Cora m. S. B. Drester, '02, and lias 
Karl, b. '04. Drester is a farmer near Lebo, Kan. The 
other children arc at home. 

2. Nathaniel Graybill, l>. '35. P>y his first wife he had Mary, 
1). '58, who in. Albert Davis, 76, and had Ida, b. 78; Samuel. 
I). '80; Joseph, b. '82, d. '84. The mother d. '84. 

l!y second wife Nathaniel has two living children, Cora, 
b. '65, who in. Mr. English and lives at Shannondale, Ind., 
and Lucinda, who in. Mr. McMullin and lives near Ladoga. 

3. Samuel Graybill, b. '37, m, Mary Arnold. He lived on a 
farm adjoining Ladoga, where he died some years ago. He 
had four children: Laura, Alice, Manson and Lou. 

Laura, b. '69, m. Jess Oliver and had Vema, b. "92; Letha. 
b. '94; Laura, d. '99 

Alice, b. 72, m. George Hinies and had Lester, b. '91, and 
Chester, b. '93. Alice d. '00. 

Manson, b. 75, m. Effic Otterman and had Paul, Mabel 
and Donald. They live on his father's farm. 

Lou, b. 78. m. Roy Gregg and had Harry, Dorothy and 
Lethe. They live at l'cluridc, Colorado. 

4. John Graybill, b. '39. m. Catherine Stoner and had by her 
five children. 

George, b. '61, lives at Maple Hill, Kan. 

Oliver, li, '65, lives at Baldwin, Kan. 

Jacob, b. '67, lives at Oswego, Kan. 

William, b. 71, Is now dead, but had Grace who lives in 
Kansas City. 

Benjamin, b. 73, d. 73. 

John's wife d. 73, and he in. Martha Taylor, 74, and had 
Dora, b. 75, who in. Mr. Puckett of Coflfeyvillc, Kan.; Cora. 
b. 77, who m. Mr. Downes of Union, Kan.; Flora, b. 79, 
who in. Mr. Strohin of Trenton, Mo.; Morton, b. '81; 
Gertie, b. '85. who in. Mr. Pennington of Lexington, Mo. 

5. May Graybill, b. '41, d. 41. 

6. Amanda Graybill, b. '44, in. Samuel Case and has six 
cliildren, viz: Flora E. Noland of Pueblo, Colorado. Emma 
I.. Fish <>( Ottawa. Kan. llcrtha Morgans of Cripple Creek, 
Colorado. Alvah C. Case of Los Angeles, Calif. Frank 
W. Case of Portland, Oregon. Ida May Johnson of Wil- 
liamson, West \'a. 




7. Elizabeth Graybill, 1>. '47. in. Thomas Angel and has 
six children, viz: E. W. Angel of Ottawa. Kan. ; Hilda 
Browning of Ottawa, Kan.; Maud Stephens of Pomona. 
Kan.; Mabel Marshall of Lawrence, Kan.; Dot Pouncr of 
Los Angeles, Calif.; Iris Drake of Kansas City, Kan. 

8. Andrew Graybill, b. '51, in. Julia West and has Lottie, 
who in. Mr. Gardiner and has Charles. They all live in Kan- 
sas City, Kan, 

9. Henry Graybill, b. '53, d. '55. 

3, SAMUEL FRANKEBARGER, b. '14. lie spent bis 
early life on the tobacco farm of his father overseeing the 
slave field hands. When about 18 he went to the Carolinas, 
.where he was overseer on a large plantation. While there 
he was thrown from a vicious horse and his right hip was 
permanently injured. He came to Ind. with his parents in 
'33. He engaged in school teaching in Hendricks County, 
where he met Rhoda Jane Smith, whom he married. He 
now began the study of medicine, and having completed a 
course of lectures in Cincinnati, he began practicing about 
'44. He practiced in western Ind. until 72, when he moved 
to Hoopston, 111., where he died in '83. lie had twelve 
children. z 

1. America Frankebarges. b. '39. in. Cyrus Roniinc, '66, d. 
'06. She had Ida, b. 73. .1. 74, and Rolla, b. '»2. He is a 
telegrapher in Chicago. 

2. Henry Frankebarger, b. '42, m. Marticia Swisher, '66, 
and has Jltdson, b. '68, who lias three sons. They all live at 
Chcnuic, Kan. 

3. Zachariah Frankebarger, b. "44, d. '48. 

4. Samuel G. Frankebarger, b. '47. When 16 years old 
he joined the army and in '64, while fighting before At- 
lanta, had a large part of his right shoulder shot away, lie 
was discharged in '65, and proceeded at once to got a good 
education, which he finished in the Ladoga Academy! In 
'69 he married Martha Lyons. After farming five years he 
became a grocer seven years in Hoopston. then began work- 
on the Wabash R. R. and was soon promoted to engineer 
where he served twenty-live years, lie now resides in 
Danville, III. lie has three sou's who also live at Danville. 

Artie L., h. 72. lie has served as a railroad operator, 
cashier in a bank, a soldier in the Spanish- American war 

and is now c hiding an electrical supply lic,u>e. lie in. 

Martha Bales, ''<7, and has Rolla I-:., b. 'of. ami Homer li 
I.. Ui. 


• Ira L., b. 74. lie is engaged in railroading. He in. Le- 
nora Hawk, "95, and has Lcola, li. '96. 

Roy Harrison, b. 'SO. lie is a newspaper correspondent. 
He in. S. E. Martin, '03, and lias Madclon Lura, b. '05. 

5. Smith Frankebarger, b. '49, d. '52. 

6. Marietta Frankebarger, b. '51, d. '58. 

7. Simeon Frankebarger, b. '54, in. Melvina Elmore, '85. 
He lives at Attica, Ind. His children are Charles, b. '86, 
who lives in Indianapolis, and Earl, who lives at Fowler, 

8. Harriet Frankebarger, b. '56, m. George Hall of Indian- 

9. Henrietta Frankebarger, b..'56, m. Mr. Billings, a lawyer 
of Vccdersburg, Intl. 

10. Eva Frankebarger, b. '58, m. James McWilliams, '87. 
She lives at Carmel Grove, Kan., and has Helen, b. '98. 

11. Clara Frankebarger, b. '60, m, J. W. Lhamon. He is a 
minister in the Christian Church and has occupied pulpits 
in our large cities. He was lately president of the Bible 
College at Columbia, Mo. He is now in the lecture field. 
They have five children, Burgess, b. '82, is a lawyer in 
Huston, Texas; Ruskin, b. '85, is studying medicine; Can- 
dace. Llovd and Lois are at home. 

12. Rolla'Frankebarger, b. '62, d. '87. 

4. SUSAN FRANKEBARGER, b. '16, d. '00. She was un- 
married and after her mother's death made her home with 
her sister Anna. 

5. REBECCA FRANKEBARGER, b. '18, m. Daniel Stoner 
'44. Two of her daughters died young, but Lydia, b. '46, m. 
Samuel Cook, '66, and had Ethel, b. '67, d. '89, and Henry, b. 
'70, who m. Lydia McCalment, '88 and had Thadeus, b. '89, 
and Lucile, b. '93. Henry lives at Eugene, Oregon. After 
the death of her husband in '66, Rebecca made her home with 
her daughter near Ladoga, where she died. 

16. MARY FRANKEBARGER m. Mr. Walls and moved to 

Iowa. Nothing definite is know of them. 
j7. JACOB FRANKEBARGER, b. '23, m. Rachel Byrd, '47. 
He died in '84. He had seven children. 

1. Rosilla, b. '50, in. John Brookshirc, '68, and had William 
b. '74. who IB. Minerva Radford and had John, Jennie, and 
Junic. who live near Ladoga: Sarah, b. '78, is a music 
teacher in Lebanon, Ind. ; Charles, is a telegrapher in Wis. 
Rosilla lives with Sarah. 



53, in. John IVfiley, 71 

They live at Med- 
75, who in. 
and Josic, b. 79, 

2. Margaret, b 
funl. Oregon. Their children are Clam' 
Miss Smith ami lives in Oklahoma City. 
who in. Ora Ronk and lives at Medford. 

3. Wallace, b. '55. lie is unmarried and lives at Vccders- 
burg, Ind. 

4. James, b. "57, d. '81. 

5. Dora, b. '60, m. Morris Vandorm. '85, and has Lulu, 1). 
■86. They reside at Vccdersburg. 

(jy Thomas, b. '63," m. Estclla I'augh, '80. He has Burgess, 
Hi. '85; r.eatricc. b. '87; Yola Rosilla. b. '91 ; Lora May, b. 

'93; N'ora Emma, b. '98. 
7. Emma, b. '69, m. Martin Clark, a lumber merchant of 

Covington. Ind. She has Hazel Frances, b. '03; Ivan 

Glenn, b. '05, and Everol May, b. '08. 

8. JOEL FRANKEBARGER, b. '25. Unmarried and at 
Los Angeles, Calif. 

9. SARAH FRANKEBARGER, b. '28, m. Reed Clark. She 
had four children. 

1. Sarah, b. '50, m. W W. Rcnyolds, '68, and had Walter, 
Mira Hell, Gott and Elma Leota. 

2. Joel, b. '54, m. 79, and had Stella Leota, b. '80, and Anna 
Maud, b. '85. 

3. William, b. '64. 

4. George, b. 70. 

10. ANNA FRANKEBARGER, b. '31. m. Oliver Clark, '58. 
She remained in the old Frankebarger home until the death 
of her mother in 72, when she moved to Iowa, and lives 
at Dallas C gnter. To her were instrustcd the relics _of ,thc 
original couple which she has now placed Tn sale hands for 
the benefit of the family. She had nine children. 
1. Henry Clark, b. 59, m. '84, and had Earl, who lives at 
Castle Rock, Wash. 
-2. Amanda Clark, b. '60, m. 11. J. Osbom, '86. They live 

at Dallas Center. 
3. Charles Clark, b. '63. 
--4. Frank Clark, b. '65. m. Miss Morrison and has Martin, 
Von, Ronth, and Russell. He is a farmer near Ladoga 

5. John Clark, b. '67. 

6. William Clark, b. 69. He has Edith and Vclma. at l!ry- 
ant. Colo. 

7. James Clark, I). 71. il. 72. 

8. Alva Clark, b. 73, has Wanda. Resides at IVrrv. Iowa. 

9. Joel Clark, b. 77. in. Louie Charce. Resides ai Dallas 

The Jacob Harshbarger Family 

Jacob Harshbarger was born June 24, 1792, in l'a., and 
llic same year taken to Ya. lie grew up on the banks of 
Carvins Creek, wlierc lie received a fair education, lie was 
trained to fanning and milling;, and was an excellent mill- 
wright and surveyor. In 1814 he married Salome Ammcn, 
daughter of Michael Ammen and Catherine Dcardorff. They 
lived a short time in the frame part of the Harshbarger home, 
but soon built a log cabin about half a mile away an the bank 
of Tinker Creek, where 1 1 1 acres had been hewn out of his 
father's estate for his benefit. The level land is soon made to 
bear grain and the hills afford pasture and fruit. In 1815 he 
erects a three-story brick mill about fifty yards up the creek 
irom the house. It became the best mill in that country and 
is still operated . 

I lis increasing family demands more room and he erects 
a brick house near the cabin. It was three stories and con- 
tained eleven rooms and an attic. A porch level with the 
second floor ran the full length of the house on the side next 
to the creek. It must have been an imposing building. From 
his mill books we learn that the mill began running early in 
1816, and that here was a busy scene for the next fifteen years, 
(iraiu was ground for the neighborhood and Hour was shipped 
abroad in all directions; all kinds of lumber was sawn; hun- 
dreds of tons of rock were crushed that the farmers might 
"plaster" their fields ; dry goods, groceries, hardware, whisky, 
etc.. were sold ; tailoring anil cobbling were done; a cooper- 
shop was in the log cabin where "nigger John" made hundreds 
of barrels each year. The wants of a vast community were 
supplied at Jacob 1 larshbargcr's mill. Al the end of fifteen 
years he converted his properly into cash, amounting to 
about $7,000. We arc surprised that he could amass so great a 
sum in so short a lime, when wages were only eight dollars 
per month. When we consider the diversity and vastness of 
the enterprises he carried on we rcognizc him as a superior 

1 have asked those wdio were with him in the midst of 
these prosperous operations why he quit them in the prime 
of life. The answers were uniform, "to escape slavery." .He 
bitterly opposed slavery ami clearly saw that his children 
coidd not compete with slave labor; they must be slave holders 
or "poor white trash." or he must move them from such en- 
vironments. HetlCC, he sought a free stale anil cheerfully 
subjected his family to the hardships of a pioneer's life, lie 
came lo lnd. in 1828. and bought a section of land on the 


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Wabash a lew miles above l.alayellc. At that lime malaria 
'prevailed there and deaths were frequent, ilis wife refused 
lo lake her seven children to almost certain death, lie came 
again and bought lands in the Racoon Valley and relumed 
and led a band of about fifty immigrants with horses, wagons 
and cattle to his new home. They arrived in Nov. 1831. lie 
continued to buy land until he had nearly 3,000 acres, becom- 
ing the largest resident land holder in the country. 

He selects for his home a spot just north of Ladoga, where 
he resided about thirty-three years. Here began another busy 

Jacob Harshbarger 

scene, lie cleared lands ami Infill cabins and placed renters 
in various places, lie established a shop and employed a body 
of workmen who turned out furniture and machinery, lie 
buys an inicresl in ihe Ladoga water mills and ply* his old 
trade. In 1810 he surveys his laud, dividing il into farms for 
the use of his children, lie Continued active until old age 
compelled him lo delist, lie died Feb. ft, IKofi, in his 74lh 
year worn out by the l< >ils and excesses of life. 

In hi* youth there wa- promise of greatness. While 
his school 1 ks show iuaccuracv and lack of literary finish 


I here is method and thoroughness. The maxims lie wrote out 
to govern his life show an awakened intellect and a high aim 
few hoys manifest. Mis operations in life bespeak intelligence, 
judgment and energy. He was not hound by early training, 
t lie narrowness, prejudices, and defects of his ancestors arc not 
reproduced in his life. He was a man of iron will, a position 
once taken was adhered to even to obstinacy. He was liberal, 
just and benevolent with a keen sense of right. Comprehen- 
sive in mind he planned every thing on a large scale, there was 
no littleness in his nature, neither was there levity, nothing 
trifling in word or deed. He was dignified and earnest, yet 
plain, modest and retiring. He had neither theories nor hob- 
bies, he was a practical man. In religion he said little but felt 
deeply. He became a Dunkard early in life and died in its 
folds. The evening of his life was without a cloud. At peace 
with God and man he constantly visited his children and de- 
lighted in his grandchildren. To the welfare of these his eye 
had been single and his desire was satisfied. His sun sank 
brightly behind the western hills. He sleeps from his toils 
and wc who loved him cherish his memory. 

In his family was a German Bible !5j/$ inches long, 10 
inches wide and (* x /i thick containing 1,800 pages and weigh- 
ing 16 lbs. It is covered with deer skin fastened to the heavy 
lids by ISO large oval-headed brass tacks artistically arranged. 
It was printed in Germany in 1 765. It has been in the family 
perhaps more than 100 years. As it was said to be his wife's 
I'.iblc I infer it came through the Ammen or Dcardorff family. 
She gave it to the writer a short time before her death. In this 
book Jacob has written the birth records of his children, of 
which I give an exact copy. 

"Jacob Harshbarger & Solome his wife's posterity as here 
in after Named, 

1 Was horn dead a son of Jacob and Salome Harshbarger 
22nd of September. 1815. in the Sign of Taurus. 

I.idia Harshbarger was born the 4th of October, 1816, in 
tire Sign of the Spcces Fish 8 in The evening. 

John Harshbarger was born the 5 of December, 1818, in 
the Sign of the Spcscs fish and died the 20 of May, 1820, by 
the scauld of boiling water. 

Samuel Harshbarger was born the 5th of April, 1820, 
morning in the Sign Capricorn goat. 

Catharine Harshbarger was born the 31st of December. 
1821, in the Sign of Artes — wcader morning, between 10 & 12 


i ill-: 1 1. \ usm: vui'iKio 




... - 11 " 11 "' I lar-hbargvr was !,.,,„ i) u . nth of 
Sign Iannis ihe Hull S nVl.iek in ihu iiuirning, is.M. 

Klizalu-lli I l.irshlmrger was horn tin- 2.1 of March 
Ihe virgin Sijjii, 4 in the cving. 

Jacob Harshbarger was bom the 10 „f March. 1828. in 
Ihe Siglin Capricorn, goat, 6 in the evening. 

Ann Harshbarger was bom Mav 3rd. 18.10, 2 o'clock in the 
evening, sighn Virgin. ' 

Mary Harshbarger was born January .10-183.1, 12 o'clock 
in the day — in Sign of twecn." 

The peculiarities of these records, so noticeable to us 
were common to all such German records of that day Siena 
and particularly of time of events have lost their hold on us 
t ,s true the spelling is bad. Wc have Lidia for Lvdia spescs 
or pisces sigh,, or sign, cving for evening, tween for twin 
hut the scholar who considers the age of the writing, and the 
llhiencc o the (.erinan language on the writer will have 
ittle fault to find in tins. The writer has not only spelled 
his German brogue into this document, but has unconsciously 
lalen back into his native language. ),, the fifth record he 

ramTL? % Wf" *". US tte WOri1 arics < w, ' ic1 ' ™"™ a 
ram) into English, but gives us wea.lcr (widdcr) the German 
or ram. Snch documents have a historical value aside from 
the mere facts intended to be given by the writer, for that 
reason I have given an exact copv. 

The first child of Jacob I larsh'bargcr died in infancy. The 
third when a year and a half old sucked hot water from the 
spout of a iMkctt c >"'o its lungs and died a horrible death 
1 his leave six children, whom wc will now trace in their order . 

\, LY , D ^ " ARS "BARGER came to Ind. when 15 years 
old In '36 she „,. William Myers. She made her home one 
n.-c west of Ladoga. She was pleasant in disposition 
urbane 111 manners, very even in temper, handsome ' ml well 
flnlows: '° SI ' C ''■ '''-'• SU " ,,: "' WVC " ehliXS 

1. Salome Myers, b. \17. „,, |„| ln (Jravhill, '58. ami had Wil- 
lK"n A I, 7.0: Ausiin W.. b. Yd; Clara, b. V d Ad, . 
son I; I,. ,. : l-rederick I).. I, 7'l. Addison lives a. K - 
s..s I ily. and has I wo children. The other three I... vs. w h 
.heir n„.,her. hve a, ..a p. Kan., and each has , mc 'S. 

2. Elizabeth Myers, b. \lx. ,„. Kra.ik Kraut*. •& ami ,1 7« 
I wo children survive her. William and Louisa. 

Willwm. b. ..». „,. s a || a C()ri) , , . 
live on a larm mar Ladoga. ** cy 


4 l-A.MII.>' HISTORY Hi- 

Louisa, I). '66, in. Mr. Williams ami ilicil young. 1 U-r 
children arc Lizzie, who in. John Reed and has one child 
ami lives at New Market. I ml.; Clara, who in. Mr. Petty 
and lives at Raccoon. Ind.; Opal, who lives at Russclvillc, 
3. Daniel Myers, b. '41. m. Catherine Ycnawine, '64. He 
is a prosperous farmer near Ladoga, and has seven children. 
Thomas, h. '65, has two children. , 

Erminnie, b. '67, m. Rufus Myers, '83, and has Lillie and 
Lambert. They live near Jamestown, Ind. 

Lydia Myers 

William, b. '69, m. Miss Gray and has two children. 

Nancy Ellen, b. 74. m. Lode P.radley and has Lila. 

Elmer, I). 76. and John, b. 79, arc at home. 

Clara, b. '83, ni. Floyd Smith and has one child. 

All these children live at or near the old home. 
4. Amanda Myers, b. '43, in. Milton Williams '66, d. '83. 
She had Gertrude and Forest. 

Gertrude, b. '68, m. Robert Wilson and has Mary anc| 



' W ••ilnf"' '" ■, M V. s - Mrl 1 ) A'""««.„c child, 
i iksc .ill live in Indianapolis. 

5 Mary Myers b. 48. m. Janus Gill, 74. They live at 
Jcrico Springs. Mo. Ilcr children arc- * 

Warren Darst. h. 78. lives in Arkansas City. Kan 

ch& Myers> b - ' 81, livcs in Arka,,sas Cit y- >•«> i™ two 

Verna, b. '85, lives at home. 

6 .Frantz Myers, h . '50. m. Sarah O'Neal 77. and d '03 

His son Frantz, b. '85. ,„. Chasie Bridges an I cceeded 

hi i father m the old Myers home west of Udora Heis 

Hc^rarM^nr IS '° CkraiSer - »^«- are 



Alice Baldwin 

7. Ahce Myers b. '56, m. Wildcy |j a | ( , will . 75. Thev live 
o« a farm near Ladoga and have seven children, as foftow,- 
Wi lette b. 75 m. Harvc Wilson of Ladoga and has 
Ronald, Chester, Frank, Pauline, Norma and John 

M°r"nd b v5i,;! a -. A " C " MCU ° f J-'-'-Polis. an,, has 



■ii. I.. la. W 
Umnjas : 

• I has Kmli 

-I W'a 

Fred. I». 7'\ is ai M, 

Burr, Ii. "si. m. Grace 

an. I live at Carlylc. M«i 

Grace, b. '84. in. Mans,,,, Gilliland of Crawfordsvilk Ind 

Helen, l>. V2. and Ruth, b. '94. arc at home. 

2 : S^EL H ARSHBARGER> ''• ' 20 - '"• Elizabeth Graves 

c : ••«:,, ° mm ,' C<1 1o ' Mo - iM ' 40 - a,1<1 scttle*l west of 

Springfield, where eleven children were born to him eurht 

ci whom died in infancy, lie became prosperous, own'in- at 

Taken the next day after the battle 

one time 1.500 acres of land and large herds of cattle and 
Horses, lie was a peaceful man and when the civil war 
came on refused to take part. This angered the Confed- 

ftSi^iT i V" ,n , fh f ascc,K,c " c >- there and thev shame- 
fl .11; abused hllll and threatened his life. In the .section in 
winch he lived was enacted during ibis war the most cruel, 
savage, gorr.lla warlare. Goaded by insults, maltreatment 
and loss of properly he enlisted in the Union armv and was 
soon promoted to place of first lieutenant. Gorril'ia hunting 


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>•...- ii».f1.- pan ..I hi- l, and iliai class paid dearlv fur 
Injun.- .t..ii.- him. A iiiiin cities did not cease ai ilie close 
■ •I I hi- war, In- life was threatened In I he last. He was an 
ideal soldier, being extraordinarily large and strong in body 
and C....I. courageous and persistent in mind. If bis ven- 
geiKc was dreadful he was quick to forgive and grant mercy 
to t bose be thought wanted In do right. He was retained 
by tin- government for sonic time after the war in adjudging 
claims and disposing of government properly. Three chil- 
dren survive hint. 

1. Lyda Ellen Harshbarger, b. Ml. m. William Komi '56 
I hey live ill Kverlon, Mo. They had seven children, 'four 
of win. in died young. 

John W„ b. 161, m. Mary L. Chandler. "88. and has Roy 
Ira and Sarah. 

Mary E., b. '65, m. D. 11. 1 loyal. '86, an( | |, as Venule. 

Charles F b. 72. m. Mary I'.ohman. -.SO. and has Orpha, 
Raymond, Frieda and Samuel. 

2. William Harshbarger, b. 43, m. Nancy llovd 'f>4 and 
had live children, three of whom died young. ' 

Louisa, b. T,8. m. William Prinille, *R2. and bad Samuel 
h. 8.1 who in. Stella Goudy: Josic. b. '85, who m. M, Gal- 
ban ; Anna. b. 87. who m. Mr. Kinmans: Dulcia. Willie, 
Frank. Mattie, hdd, Ethel. Harry. These live at Bventonj 

Sarah b. 71. m. Win. Kiclor/90. and has Grace, Clarence 
and Mayhew. ] hey live at Ash Grove. Mo. 

3. John Harshbarger, l>. 45, m. Pcrmclia Williams T,7 
lie lives at Long I'.each, Calif. He has seven children, as 
follows : 

Alice, b '68, m [.. J. Adamson '83 and has Alina.Clarcnce 
and John Leo. Alma in. Will Austin and l, ns lw „ clnhlrm 

William, b. '69, ,,,. F.tta Mttrry. 91. and has Lynn liyron' 

Mary. b. 71, „,. |>. J ,„, Smith and has' Catherine. 
I hey live at Duranl. Okla. 

Josie. b. 74. in. J. C. Hooker and has Joseph Lee Thev 
live at San Francisco. ' 

Lydia. b. 78. ,„. Mr. Alberlia and has lioberli File,. 
I hey reside at Los Angeles. Calif. 
Lulu May, b. "SI. is al home. 

. Charles Arthur, b. X.s. has Charl,,|le and llrmv. Tl,.-v re- 
st. le at l.,.> Angeles. 



" s FAMILY I MM. iRY ( ,|- 

3. CATHERINE HARSHBARCER, I,. '_>]. came I.. In. I. i„ 
her tenth year. She in. Xacltarinli Mahorney, "40. They sct- 
ih*.| on n I'.-irin near Ladoga, where l>oth .lid ai a good old 
age. She was a large heavy scl woman, reserved, sedate, 
dignified and possessed great solidity of mind, llcr judg- 
ment was accurate and few disputed it. Her sayings were 
weighty and sententious. Though possessed of great so- 
berness she was an agreeable companion. She was immov- 
able in purpose, yet not stubborn, incapable of visible emo- 

Catherine Mahorney 

tious, yet possessed of deep feelings. She was independent 
in thought and action and cared as little for the fashions of 
her day as she did for the way the clouds were moving. She 
had eleven children. 

I. Jacob Mahorney, b. '44. in. Xarcissa Aiumcn, '(•'). Their 
children arc Aiiimen. 1>. 71. who lives in New York City 


and i- a lecturer. hi mental science: Kmcst. h. '7X who lives 
at IWllaiid, ( ; Mary Jacob. I.. 77. who in. Mr. Stone 
and lives at Cherry Vale, Kan.; Paul Franklin, b. 'SO. who 
resides at l.os Angeles. 

2. William Mahorney, b. '46. He and his wife live on a 
farm near Ramona, Calif. 

3. Sophia Mohomey, b. '48. m. David Myers and lives at 
Neodcsha, Kan. They have Virgil Lee, an electrician at 
Los Angeles, and Myrtle, who is at home. 

4. Byron Mahorney, b. '50, m. Emma Fread and has Ivan. 
Byron lives with his youngest brother at the old Mahorney 

5. John Mahorney, b. '51. Having received a lair education 
he graduated from the Hahaman Medical College, Phila- 
delphia, Mar. 28, 78. He began practicing at Ladoga, his 
home town, and soon built up a successful business, which 
he has enjoyed for over thirty years. He m. Mrs. Laviiia 
Pcfllcy Harshbargcr, '80. and has Clayton, b. '83, a „d Snow, 
b. '84. Clayton is an up-to-date farmer living near Ladoga 
who m. Maggie Miller and has John Paul, b. '08. The doc- 
tor lives on a farm near Ladoga. 

6. James Perry Mahorney, b. '54, m. Laura Fisher in '83, 
who d. '8f>. lie then m. Irene Swink, '95, and has Mary 

and James. They live in Ladoga. 

7. Phoebe Mahorney, b. '56, in. How Butcher. '84. She and 
her three children are dead. 

8. David Mahorney, b. '58. m. Lizzie Spencer. '87. They 
have Glenn, b. '91 ; Darnald. b. '97; Carl. h. '02. Thcv live 
on a farm two miles north of Ladoga. 

9. Mary Mahorney ,b. Y.0. in. Walker Rodman. 'SI. who is 
in the Civil Service and lives al Tcrre Haute, hill. They 
have eight children, viz: Walker Perry. I iracc Darling. 
William Archer, Sidney. Nellie. IJenrge, Fred. in. I Thclm.i' 


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10. Jennie Mahorncy. I,. •,,.'. Ilaviii" rereivnl -. » I I 
ration she became a leacher. She ni \V v S ■ ''■}?,' 
*ho was also ;, ladlW . They 1, ,v e |Li -, i ! "h \ "' 

tfK^ 1 - '"''■'--'•"--^ 

11. Daniel Mahorney, b. '66, m. Maggie Bnscnbark TAi 
and has George, I,. '98, and Samuel, lT'01. Ac owns the 
old Mahorney home where he now is living 

Jennie Sanford 

Salome Anderson 

4. SALOME HARSHBARGER b '24 came from V, . I 
/year old. She m. M. H. Anderso.7, '44 T K „ J'™ 
IVA? fa ™. "orih of Ladoga, where she still res?, e She 
was the smallest of her father's family She was sim U le in 
mud bu praetfcal with abundance uncommon sens" P SI 

: «■« ''"P'y re ¥' OM f wi,h im ' ,lici < rai »'' »' Go.1 and ma, S 1 c 

a" \??ZiT hW P W^ "Wfrnil Others but eh; r y f ■ 
w,l,^ . w «" W «nt «»»d P'a'nly lol.l others Ihcir faults l„„ 

Ic r .T, *¥ f" ayC< resc »»»«»*- Ner benevolence a. 
•Ic» re to be useful to others was known to all who cam • i, 

eSTiSrere'r '**"•««*••— *- »" " 


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I. Emetine, l>. '45. d. "S.t. 

.2 William, I, -4;. Reared .,„ a farm. Having completed 

J t:r' C " U, ' Si: ] \\ "V-?™ 1 Kc,,,,,ck >- l'»ivcrs iy m 
I mm there he went to l'a.. 72, and graduated in the Mead- 



vdle Ihcological school, where he rciliaineil as Professor 
Of Greek wo years. After preaching a number of vTarThc 

.graduated ,n the Ladoga Normal 78, and combine d eac 
nig. prcachmg and writing for various national jour a i 
Some years ago he returned lo his childhood |,„„,e 1„ 

in /•« ami lias nve children 

^l,^.J:,,:I,:S.:,:--;:;^;;;-v; 1 :;:;:;^^- 

» here she is ai present. '*■• 

Allie. I,. 77. Having a na.mal laslc fc, r ommcreial l.„sf. 


II.--. after lr;,Hii- lli-h School. -In- ...i.-i.-.I I'.u-in.--- Col- 
lege .iii.l having completed i In- work -Ik- was employed l.y 
;■ large publishing htilisc in New Ftlgland. After s.iiiu- 
years sin- came Id Indianapolis ami established a business 
lor herself. She now occupies an office in the Hoard nf 
Trade building, where she and her assistants engage in the 
work of Stenography. Typewriting and Notary i'nhlic. 

Ar.gie, b. '80. From I-ligli School she entered Purdue 
University, hut deciding to teach she completed a cottrsa in 
Normal College an<l taught several years. She entered 
Indiana University '05, but in '07, she m. William Lee, Su- 
perintendent of Public Schools in New Haven, Ind. She 
has Hugh, b. '08. 

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Paul, b. '84. Having graduated from High School he 
entered Wabash College. Having received degree of 15. A. 
he was employed by Johnson l'.iblc College at Kembcrlin 
Heights. Tenn.. as Professor of Latin, Greek and Science. 

Harry, b. '85. After graduating from High School he 
also entered Wabash College and graduated '07. The 
same year he was employed by Yainlcrbilt University of 



Na-lnille. T.-in... 
call. .1 bim nest vi 

ii-al Speciali-t. lint \\':d.:i-b 
e it a- I'.olanical In-u m lor. 

3. Jacob, b. 'A\h Having been trained in a Mechanical Col- 
lege he has given most of bis life In operating machinery. 
Ill 1 now lives tin a farm near Rockville. Ind. lie in. Jessie 
Mills. '82, and has Flora, who is a teacher, b. '85, and An- 
drew, b. '92. 

4. George, b. '52." Having invented devices of various kinds, 
several of which he has patented, he has spent several years 
in their manufacture and sale. He m. Kizzic Fisher, '80, 
and has Nina, b. '82, who m. Ralph Sharp. They all live 
at Tipton, Ind., where he is in charge of the Iloosicr Spec- 
ialty Company. He and his daughter arc expert musicians 
and add to their income by teaching and playing. 


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George Linn Earl Linn 

5. Salome, b. '54. m. li. W. Linn. 71. She remains in the 
old home and cares for her mother. She had three sons. 

George, b. '72. who has spent most itf hi* life as an expert 
mechanic and is so engaged at present in Indianapolis. Hi- 
nt. Harriet Welchens. 


FAMILY IIIS'l'i iKV ( .| 

Earl. I). 'SO, m. Anna lla.-lam. 07. II,- was killed hv a 
Fall fr. .in a building in Spokane. \Vash. "OS. lie ea'rly 
Icariuil [lie carpenter trade anil became an expert awl 
worked a number of rears on the Pacific coast. 

ilAKSlll*. \U<.I-.K: 

Morton Linn 

Morton, li. 'S2. Having spent sonic years as agent for a 
business college lie went West ami was employed by Dunn 
and Co., and is located at Scan!?, Wash, lie in Dora Ros- 
ciibauin, '09. 

5. ELIZABETH HARSHBARGER, It. '26, m. S. P. Frame, 
'45. and il. 1900. She departed from the I larshbarger type, 
being slender anil possessed of vicacity and grace unknown 
to the other members of the family. Iler disposition was 
loveablc. her manners pleasant, her temper very even. Ever 
kind and gracious she made friends of all who met her. After 
her marriage' she resided on a farm near Ladoga until '69, 
when she moved with her family to Mo., near I'.ois D'Arc. 
She had nine children. 

Elizabeth Frame 

1. Mary Frame, b. '-16, m. Josephus (irayhill. '61. and d. '04. 
She lived first farm east of Ladoga. 'Two children survive 
her. Salome /lice (Duck), b. V/>. m. Eugene Anility, "85. 
She has Elsie, b. '89; .Mary. b. '90; Frank, It. '''4 ; Russell, It. 
'99. Homer, It. 70, m. Edith Iiapp, '97. I le superintends 
his farm but resides in Ladoga. Duck also lives in Ladoga 
where her husband is a prominent business man. 

2. Alice Frame, b. '48, in. David Pottcngcr, '67. She lives 
in Ash Grove, Mo., and has eight children. 

Dennis, b. '68, m. Amanda I'runtv, "92. She d. '92. and 
be m. I'.crla Wyant '93 by whom he had Dec, It. 'V4 ; Kelsey 
It. "96; Osec, It. '99, and Marie, It. '04. 

Kelsey Irwin, It. 70, m. Miss Wier, '95, and has Clyde V 
It. '97. 

Valonia. It. 72, <!. '98. She in, Mir- Davis. '01, and had 
Wexford Dee. It. *92, who d. ■•«; lessie Pauline. It. ''M ; 
Valonia M.. It. '94; Until K.. It. '98. ' 

Allie, It. 74. in. Albert Wier. V2. and had Archie. It. Vi. 
il. 'tlflj Franklin. 1>. VS; Eugenia, b. V7; losepliiiie li 'ill 
d. 'if.?; Dorothy, l», Ut. 


Ira, I). 77. il. 7S: Juanita, It, 79; Orion, I.. 'H3, in. Ellen 
Reich. 05. and lias Lorcne. I). "Ofi, and Howard, l>. "07; 
Paul, I). '86. 

3. Amen Frame, 1). '50, 111. Elvin.i Johnson, lie was killed 
in a railroad wreck '93. J I is children arc: 

Minnie May, b. 73, m. Henry Martin, '94 of Oklahoma 
City. She lias Jessie L., h. '95; Edna A., b. '03, and Presley 
A., h. '06. 

Fred Alfred, b. 77, in. Mollie Scott, '98. Resides at 
Hois D'Arc. He has Edith, h. '99; Amen. b. '01 ; Beulah, 
M., 1). '03 ; Norman F.. h. '05 ; Perry C, b. '07. 

Clara Eva, b. 79, m. Augustus Allen, '96, of Sapulpa, 
Okla. She has Myrtle M., b. '99; Clifton Glen, b. '02; 
Harry D., b. '04; Wilina Kathleen, b. '09. 
Rachel Ellen, b. '81, m. Mr. Trogdon, '01, of Miller, Mo. 
She has Roy Anion, h. '02; Stanley Owen, b. '03; Bemicc 
E., b. '06; Christine, b. '09. 

Lena Alice, b. '83, m. Tom Stacy. She has one child. 
Marion L.. and is divorced and lives with her mother in 
Springfield, Mo. 

Harry lives with his mother. 

4. John Frame, b. '53. m. V. O. Elson, 76. He lives at 
Bois D'Arc, Mo., and has five children. 

Grace, b. 76. in. John Buckncr; Lillie, b. 78: Jessie Irene, 
h. '80; Ralph, b. '84 : Clay, b. '87. 

5. William Frame, b. '?}>. He was a merchant in Bois 
D'Arc eighteen years, but now owns a farm near Fair 
Grove. Mo., where he is engaged extensively in stock rais- 
ing. By his first wife, Dclila Jones, he has three children 

Homer, b. 78, graduated at the Mo. Medical College, '01, 
and is a successful physician at Bois D'Arc. He m. Allie 
Baker, '03, and has Edna, b. '05. 

Maud, b. 79, m. Elmer Squibb, '98. They reside at 
Bois D'Arc. 

Rosa Lee. b. '81, 111. \Yaltcr Baker, '99, and has Louis, 
b. '01 .and Kate, b. '03. They reside at Bois D'Arc. 

By his second wife, Lucy Firestone, William has Jacob, 
b. '»7; Valonia, b. '89; Phillis, b. '93; Horace, b. '96; Mil- 
dred, b. '00, d. '03. The second wife d. '03. 

6. Samuel Frame, b. '57. m. Ruth Evans, '81, and had 
Daniel Parker, b. '82. 11 is 'wife d. '87, and he m. Lizzie 
Moore and had John, Lilly, Joseph and Frank. These all 
live at Ash Grove. 



7. Cordelia Frame. 1.. ''•". in. William I*. F.Im.h. 75. She 
hail -even I'liililri-n. Viimie. b. 7'.. in. Frank Hawkins; 
llarrv, h. '/"'»: Charles, b. 'SI; Robert, b. 'S3; Elizabeth 
Dean, b. '85. deceased ; Richanl, b. 'S8; Archie. Ii. ~'K). i|. "OS. 

' Cordelia lives at Rodgcrs, Ark. 

8. Wallace Frame, I). '62. in. Alice Prophet, '86, and has 
Nellie, b. '87, in. '06. d. '08; Bessie, 1). '89, m. '06; Anna. b. 
'91 ; Russell, b. '93; Ross, b. '95; Rov. b. '98; Raymond, It. 
'00; Rolland. b. '02;- Ruth, b. '05; Alice Darling, b. '08. 
This family lives at Arlington, Colo. 

9. Lilly Frame, b. '65, d. 71. 

6. JACOB HARSHBARGER was born 1828 in Va. lie 
came to Ind. when three years old. He was well trained in 
farm management and became the owner of several hundred 
acres of land and fanned extensively. He is widely known, 
especially in agricultural circles. He has been given hon- 
orable positions politically, educationally, commercially, 
socially and religiously. He has served as County Commis- 
sioner, Pres. of the Ladoga Bank, Prcs. of the official board 
of the Ladoga Christian Church; Pres. of the 1 larshbargcr 
Association more than twenty years, he has organized and 
presided over various farmers organizations. In fact he 
has been recognized as a leader in most every public enter- 
prise in his community since he entered manhood. Al- 
though incapable of oratory, diffuse in thought, and de- 
ficient in language, yet he seldom fails to bring an audience 
to think ami act as lie desires. He lacks penetration, but is 
sound in judgment. His integrity is unchallenged, his be- 
nevolence unsurpassed. His delight is in being useful and 
doing good. He has resided many years two miles north of 
Ladoga. He in. Mary Myers and had four children. 

1. Mede Harshbarger, b. '52. in. I.avina Pcflley, 75. anil d. 
76. His daughter Lulu. It. 76. m. Ezra Goshorn. '99. Mr. 
Goshorii after teaching a number of years entered Ml. 
Morris College and received degree of II. L. From there he 
went In Depaw I 'niversity. and after graduating took a 
post graduate course and received degree of A. M. He was 
employed at Ml. Morris. III., as I'rof. of Mathematics for 
siime lime, lie began preaching in the Dunkard Church 
in 1'iOfl, and was soon ordained Elder ar.d is now Bishop 
of the Ladoga congregation. Thev live nil a farm near 
Ladoga and have Marie. It. "OJ : John. It. '01; Ro|i»fe. It. "07. 

2. Ellen Harshbarger. I.. '54. m.'l loury Davidson. 74. lie 
•lied 'ox. She i» living on a farm four miles north of La- 
doga, and has i-iehl iltililrrn. 


l-W.MII.Y MISTMKY ill-' 

Warner. I.. 75. in. Minnie Manuals mid lias k'eiini'h. I,. 
'('4. anil (il.nlis. I). *o7. They live on a farm adjoining liis 

Homer, l>. 77, graduated from Wabash College and 
taught school and traveled in t lie West for s.imc time. 
Then lie visited sonic of the countries of Europe. After 
his return he entered the Medical Department of John 


Jacob Harshbarger in center, his daughter Ellen Davidson in front, 

her son Warner and daughter Nora standing with the oldest 

child of each before them 

I lopkins University, where he recived degree of M. i). lie 
i> now a practicing phvsician at Seattle, Wash, lie m. 
Mattel Galey ami has William, h. "08. 

Cline, h. 79, graduated from Waliash College and became 
principal of a High School. l ; rom that he became l'roi. 
of Science in the Stale University of III. lie then traveled 


with In* limthcr lliimer in Europe, ami returned and also 
entered Jolin Hopkins L'nivcrsily and received degree of 

&i. D. lie is now a partner with Homer in Seattle. Wash. 

Nora. 1). 'S3, in. Milton Kessler and lives with her mother 
in the old Davidson home. They have Clyde, b. '05, and 
Clayton, b. '08. 

Lola, b. '84, and Ethel, b. '86, having each received a 
good education have turned their attention to teaching. 

Mary, b. '95 and Mina, b. '99, are at home. 

3. Amanda Harshbarger, b. '56, m. Vorhees Brookshire, '83. 
Some years ago he was elected Congressman from the 
Ninth District of Ind., and was returned some two or three 
terms. They reside at Washington, D. C, where he is an 

4. George Harshbarger, b. '58. He lives in the Harshbar- 
ger Home and is a large land owner and a successful and 
progressive fanner and stock raiser. He is public spirited, 
prominent in his community, both socially and religiously. 
He m. Eva Canine, '81, and has three children 

Earl, b. 'S^>, in. Mabel Batman, '08, and lives in 
Ladoga and superintends his farm. 

Ethel, b. '86. has given her attention to music and is pro- 
ficient in vocal music. 

Everett, l>. V4, is still at home. 

7. ANN HARSHBARGER, b. '30. d. '01. She was a large 
fleshy woman of pleasant disposition. Called upon to en- 
dure much of life's troubles she nobby endured, but sank 
under them and died at an earlier age than any of her sis- 
ters. She m. William Frame. '51. She remained in the 
old home, being the last one of the children to marry. She 
had six children. 

1. Marcus Frame, b. '53. m. Sarah E. Eversou, '75. They 
live on a farm near Ladoga. They had five children. 

Lillie, b. 77, d. "08. 

Clara, b. 'SO, m. Claud Harshbarger of Ladoga. 
Grace, b. '83 m. Frank Myers of Willmington, Mo. 
Bertie, I). '86, in. Mamie Davis. They live near Ladoga. 
Harry, b. '00. is still at home. 

2. George Frame, b. '56. m. Carrie Dye, '83. They reside 
in Ladoga. 

3. Lizzie Frame, b. '58, m. John Himes, '88, and has Mark, 
b. '92. They live on a farm near Ladoga. 


Till-: HARSH I'.AKtiKKS 

4. Jennie Frame, b. '61. m. Jerry Gish and had Bird. I>. '81 ; 
Minnie, b. '84, in. Mr. Kirkpatrick and has Vivian: Eva, b. 
'87, and Vernon, b. '90. They all live in Indianapolis. 

5. John C. Frame, b. W>. is unmarried and is a traveling 
man of Indianapolis. 

6. Alice Frame, b. '69. m. Ezra Johnson and has Frank. 
Mabel, Ernest, Norman, and a baby. They live in Georgia. 

8. MARY HARSHBARGER is the largest of the six daugh- 
ters of Jacob Harshbarger. being over six feet tall and 
weighing 230 lbs. Her countenance in pleasant and open, 
her conversation agreeable and instructive, her demeanor 
gentle and modest, her mind well balanced and filled with 
homely wisdom and no one can have a kindlier disposition. 
It would be hard to find a nobler or better woman. She 
was b. '33, m. D. II. Himes and had twelve children. 

1. George Himes, b. '51, <|. '64. 

2. Salome Himes, b. '^3. in. Thomas Watkins and had Ray 
b. 72; Lee, b. 74; Iva, b. 77; May. b. '83; Burr, b. '85; 
Max, b. 93. All these live at Los Angeles, Calif., except 
Iva, who m. Callo Smith of Pasadena, Calif., and has three 
children. May and Lee have one child each. 


" DcLe '" ■•»"" H £ bo, K, /J' 1 - g.'ftV* She 

i'as, b. "05 ; Grace, b. 



10 - Charles Himes. I, 71 ,„ .. ,, W 

"• Chanty Himes, I, 73 ... c "* '' s ' 

~«a ■ -' ^swfiatasss 

'2. Minnie Hirne^ 1, '?e 
I ""- S "« "as RaU \n<i &£- M --»«t of Galveston, 

The Mary Nofsinger Family 

Jrer I8?2 y "'"''barfirer was born 1796 c. 

S 'of S r " ^.w'ich she live,] ,',; vTtwf f y m fi \i° sc P'' Nofei,,. 

1 pj ,„ " ,so "aci twelve 

J - -b-dward Britts h »»? ir 

ven ,>:;::.' feff? grv^ "Sis &R 

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M w%.Sfe- rfo "" I ° w "- 75 '"' 

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j M"y.c.BH,,« c ,,: , ,r;; , tV" D " 1 " 1 " /• 


Helen, I), '?'>. d. '07. She in. lam 
wlm was killed liv a llvin-r limb. "87 
'XI: lames, b. "86,'aml Ethel, li. '88. 
I'alls. Wis. 

Redmond, a logger. 
She had Harlow, 1>. 
Iicy live at Chippewa 

Mary, b. Y>2. m. Col. Rusk, son of Jerry Rusk, cx-Gov- 
ernor of Wis. The Col. is Circuit Judge of four counties 
ainl lives at Chippewa Falls. 

Robert, b. '63, lives at La Grand, Ore., and lias a daugh- 
ter 14 years old. 

Eva, b; "67, m. and lives in Minneapolis, Minn. 

Grace, b. "71, was a teacher several years but now in. 
and lias John and Margaret. They live at Alexandria, Wis. 

Neil, b. '72. unmarried. 

Bertha, b. '75, in. Henry North, a prominent business 
man of Portland, Ore. She has Margaret. 

5. Samuel Harshbarger Britts, b. '38, in Ind. He m. Clara 
Chandler, '66, and had 

Ralph, b. '67, who d. '06. 

Gertrude May, h. '69, m. B. J. Roscwater and has Jerome, 
b. '01, and Clara Jeaucttc, b. '07. 

Florence Estelle, b. 71, has Blossom, b. 94; Ralph, b. '96, 
and Iris. b. '01. The entire family resides at Eureka Springs, 

6. John William Britts, b. '40. 

7. Sarah Amanda Britts, b. '42, m. Mr. Corbin. 

8. David Shannon Britts, b. '44, m. Alder Stevers, '79, but 
has no children. He served in the Union Army until '66, 
studied medicine in Chicago from '72 to '75, and has prac- 
ticed thirty-five years. He has attained considerable promi- 
nence in his profession. He lives in Minneapolis, Minn. 

9. Louisa Jane Britts, b. '47, m. L. J. Swift and resides at 
Seattle, Wash. 

10. Thomas W. Britts, b. '50. in Primrose, Wis. When 14 
years old he chose the profession of Vctenarian and began 
practice when 17, which he has continued to the present. 
lie m. Allida Brown, '74, and had Asa, b. '76, who m. Mary 
Thompson, '97. He is a barber in Linton, N. D. Thomas 
was divorced '91. and m. Carrie Anderson. '92, and is 
located at llrownsdalc, Minn. 

11. Andrew Jackson Britts, b. '52, resides at Seattle, Wash. 

12. James Harney Britts, b. '54. 




2. WILLIAM NOFSINGER, b. 1815. He came t.. Ladoga 
when 18 years old anil taught school. In "36 he engaged in 
merchandise until '39, when he began the study of medicine. 
After graduating he practiced until '55. lie was elected 
to the legislature from Park County, Ind., a number of terms. 
He was afterwards elected State Treasurer. After this he 
gave his time to banking and pork packing. He d. in In- 
dianapolis, 1880. By his first wife, Mary Myers of Ladoga, 
he had Wallace and Francis B. Wallace was killed by a 
horse when young. Francis is a prominent business man 

William Nofsinger 

in Kansas City. Mo., and has Frank and Gertrude, both of 
whom arc at home. I!y his second wife, daughter of U"i«, 
Howard of Kockvillc, Ind.. William had Mary, who in. 
William Noble and died soon after, leaving Mary Evalync. 
who in. Dr. Grubbs of Indianapolis, '03, and has Daniel Dean. 
liy his third wife, daughter of Col. Baldwin, of 111., William 
had Roland and Joseph L. Roland lives in Kansas Citv. 
Mo., Joseph L. m. Lizzie Kearney, '85, and d. '05. He had 
Elizabeth, Lois, and Charles. They live in Kansas City, 
Mo., with their mother. 

iii iii i mi inii«raaa^aMmMraBBMBma—BW«e 

FAMILY mSTiiKV < >l* 

. SAMUEL NOFSINGER, li. 1X21. in. P.cckner. 
■I. :il...ui 1*1*1 in Mill-lull liiuiilv. I. .u.i. lie hail bin 
child Wallace, now dead. In the order of his birth lie 
the filth child. 


4. ELIZABETH NOFSINGER, b. '17. m. Joshua Baker, 
'.17. d. '89. They lived at Ladoga until '54, when they moved 
to Mo., from there to Franklin Co., Kan. They had eight 

1. Joseph Baker, b. '38, m. Libby Sherar and had 
Joshua, who m. Emma Kimball and has Harry and 

Joseph. "* 

Gertrude, who m. Will Palmer and has Harold and 

2. William Baker, b. '41, died a Colonel in the Union Army 
May 20, Y>4. 

3. John Baker, b. '43, d. '04, in. Hattie Ashby and had 
Elizabeth, who m. Arthur Roland and has Birdcan and 
Don. William and Eva. 

4. Mary Baker, b. '44, m. Mr. Frame. 

5. Salome Catherine Baker, b. '46, m. James Martin. She 
had John and Frank, 

John m. Rose Ashby and has James, Elizabeth and 

Frank m. Rose Ganstcr and has Helen and Harold. 
Frank is not only possessed of fine personal appearance, 
but of fine mental powers also. He was well educated, 
having recived titles of A. 15. and S. T. B. He is a minister 
of the Methodist Church and has held important positions 
from the first. He preached some years in Springfield, Mo. 
lie is now preaching in Cincinnati. He has rare literary 
abilly. being the author of a poetic drama, "Sir Harry 
Vane," as well as other minor productions, 

6. George Baker, b, '48, m. Fanny Deal and had Joseph 
Joshua, who m. Myrtle Riley and has Gencveva and Hubert. 
I5y his second wife, Jennie Ashby, George has Mary. 

7. Lide Baker, b. '51, in. Amos Lingard and had Elizabeth, 
who in. John Scott; Anna; James, who m. Vcrnic Garst ; 
Gencveva, who in. Ed. Pendleton ; Maud, Lister, Eula and 

8. Frank Baker, b. '55, in. Allie Brewer and had Lena, who 
m. Fred Cochran and has Fred; Anna, who in. Claud P.ird. 
By a second wife, Okie Wilson, he bad Orphic, Arvid and 



Frank Martin 

5 MARY NOFSINGER, b. '19, d. "89, m. Daniel Hale, '42. 
They lived a number of years in Ladoga where he operated 
a tannery. Their children were 

1. Mary Hale, b. '43, m. John Morris and had Clyde, who 
lives in Oklahoma. Mary died sonic year ago. 

2. Tilghman Hale, b. '45, in. Louisa Edwards and d. 1900. 
Their children are Dora, b. '78; Jane, b. '83; Edna, b. '91 ; 
Mark, b. '93. They live with their mother at Whitesville. 

3. Susan Hale, b. '48, in. Will Craig and lives at Richmond, 

4. Eva Hale, b. '49, lives at Ottawa, Kan. 

5. Joseph Hale, b. '52, in. Ria McCrary and has Harold, 
Carroll and Helen. They live at Lowland, Colo. 

6. John Hale, b. '56. in. Eunice Newberry and has Clyde, 
Ethel ami Clara. Tlu-y live al Topeka, Kan. Clyde in. 
Myrtle Kiil.isim. 

6. PETER NOFSINGER. b. '2.1. in. Phoebe LaFnllcttc. *4fi. 
Tlu-y lived near Ladoga smile years, then >i-ltli-.l near Lane. 
Kau.. where he d. '71. I'imr children Mirvive him. 

MwiMiwiHHHi nrjTTrrrcTfflTffirm 1 



1. Thomas Nofsingcr, b. "48, 111. Sarah I loss. They live 
near Lane and have 

George, l>. 75, who in. Faiiuic Ltoycl, '00, and lias Rnlli, 
1). '01, and Vcma. 1). '03. 

Mary, I). 77, in. Ora I ligdon. ''>'), and has one child. 

Ollie and Ola, l>. '80. The latter in, James Paradise, '99. 

Cora, 1). '82; Millie, b. '84; Carrie, 1). '86; Myrtle, b. 88; 
James, b. '91 ; Marietta, b. '93. 

2. George Nofsinger b. '50, ill. '75, to Mary Hess, twin sis- 
ter to Sarah, lie is a merchant in Lane. 

3. Nancy S. Nofsinger, b. '52, in. James Forgy, '77. They 
reside at Wells villc, Kan. 

4. Susan Nofsinger, b. '58, m. H. F. Hurst, 74, and has 
Claud, b. 76, (I. '95, and George, b. '80. They live in her 
father's home. 

7. JACOB NOFSINGER, b. '25, m. Mary Spears. He d. 
about '03. He had eight children. 

1. Mary, m. John Lcadmau and had twelve children, nine 

2. Lorenzo Dow, in. Enieline Markee. 

3. Joseph William, m. Sainantha Markee and had eight 
children, live living. 

4. Evaline, in. John Markee and hail nine children, six 
living. . ' 

5. Viola, m. William Markee and had three children, two 

6. Irene, m. William McCoy and had seven children, six 

7. Emma, in. John Marshall and had three children. She 
d. '95. 

8. John, in. Myrtle Moore and had two children. These 
families live near Valley, Vernon Co., Wis. 

8. SUSAN NOFSINGER. b. '27, in. George LaFollettc, '46, 
and d. '02. They lived near Shannondalc. Ind., and had eight 

1. Francis LaFollette. b. '48. in. Cornelia Shannon, 78. He 
has Karl, b. 79: Ethel, b. '81. d. '82; Carrie, b. '82; Ruston, 
b. '85; Foster, b. "88, d. '89; Harold, b. '90; Paul, b. '93, d. 
'96. They live at Lebanon, Ind. 


Till''. 1 1 AKSI i I'.AKt . I-'.KS 


2. Joseph LaFolette, b. '51, m. Alice I'.uchaiian. 75. and has 
William, b. 7fi, d. 77; liessic, b. '85; George, b. '88; Lon, 
b. '')2. They live in Darlington, where he is a merchant. 

3. Mary LaFollette, b. '-<i, unmarried. 

4. Robert LaFolette, l>. '55, d. '55. 

5. Nancy LaFollette, b. '57, d. 76. 

6. Carrie LaFollette, b. '59, d. '80. She m. W. C Kimble. 

7. Thomas LaFollette, b '61, in. Minnie Elmore, '84, and 
has Edith and Edna, b. '85; Mary, b. '87; Susan, b. '92, de- 
ceased. They live near Shannondalc. 

8. James O. LaFollette, b. '65, m. Effic Burroughs and lives 
in the old LaFollette home. 

9. CATHERINE NOFSINGER, b. *30, d. '04. She m. 
George lleckner, '47, and had five children. 

1. Caroline Isabella, b. '48. She m. John Railsback of 
Laugdou. Kan. ,and has Claud, who m. Eva May Egyj 
William J.; Roy Austin, Guilford Gish, who m. Ella Mabel 
Litchfield; Mary E., Nellie Gertrude, and Catherine M. 

2. Judson, b. '51, m. Margaret Thornton. He is a clergy- 
man located at Trindad, West Indies. His children arc 
Clara, a physician who m. Dr. Otis and lives at Rattle 
Creek, Mich. ; George Thornton, formerly of Societ v Islands, 
but now in Lancaster, Mass.; Harry Stewart located in 
South Africa; Robert Arnold located in lWirniah. India. 

3. Mary Elizabeth, b. '54, m. llluford Estcs. She has Cas- 
well N., Ned 1!., and Noll Rufus. They live at Minncola, 

4. John J., b. '57, in. Emma Shafcr. He is a farmer near 
Caucy. Kan. lie has Nelson, Judson. Carl. Mary 1.. Gar- 
land G., Caroline. 

5. Frances Jane, b. '59, d. '01. She in. Robert Carter and 
hadjohn R., Irene Pearl. Nellie Nelson. Marv Isabel. 

10. HANNAH NOFSINGER, b. '32. m. Peter Kcnney. She 
lived in Ladoga until '66. when she went to Franklin Co. 
Kan., where she d. 06. She had seven children. 

1. Charles Kenney, m. Rebecca Durham and had Walter, 
Kay and Tom. They live at Los Angeles. Calif. 

2. Caroline Kenney, d. when 10 years old. 

3. William Kenney has Eliza and Carrie and lives in San 
Francisco. P.y her second husband, Daniel Watkins. Han- 
nah had Mary, b. '68; Elmer, b. '69; Annie, b. 72; Merlon 
b. 74. 


so family ms'n iuy ' >r 

11. NANCY NOFSINGER. I.. ".«, d. --in. 

12. CAROLINE NOFSINGER. I>. \W. m. (.'lav Couover ami 
(I. about '84. She had 

1. Eva, who in. Mr. Tallie and lives in Kansas City. 

2. Minnie, in. Fred Miller and il. '94. 

3. Ernest was in the regular army but lives now with Eva. 

The Susan Bonsack Family 

Susan Harshbarger wa s horn 1799 and /icd 1888. The 
following is a sketch of her given by her grandson, J. \V. 

Susan Bonsack 

"She married John llonsack when l(i years old and moved 
Willi her husband about four miles due east from her child- 
hood home, where she lived in the same house seventy-two 
years anil until her 89th year, when, from sheer lapse of time, 
she was laid to rest in the grave yard of Bethel Church at 
IJonsack. beside her husband, who had proceeded her many 
years. She was among the finest characters it has been inj 
privilege to know. She was small of statue, being about live 


Mil. il \KSI I I! \U> .!■.!{! 

'"' !« height: her eye- were blue, niien twinkling with 

merriment. Her hair was a sandy hrnwn, and her weight 
about 1/.i lli>. She was a sturdy adherent of the ..Id ,,rdei <>( 
the Dunkaril Church, retaining' all of its beliefs ami tenets 
as established in the days ..f Alexander Mack. She lived her 
religion every day of her life. 

"She was a good mother, not only to her own children 
but to those of all the neighbors, showing many little con- 
siderations to each at all times. She was a woman of quick 
sympathy, quick wit and diplomacy. She was a staunch friend 
in prosperity and-a rock of refuge in adversity. Grandfather's 
house, previous to her declining years, contained many helpers 
both in factory and farm, men and women, white and black 
Her sense of justice was perfect and all did her honor 

"She was fond of anecdote and could tell a good story 
both m English and German. In her prime she was of rnddv 
complexion, clear skin and rugged health. She possessed the 
rare combination of sound mind and sound body and abso- 
lute commonsensc. She was also a disciplinarian, even u- 
ruly characters never dared disobey her mandates IL 
family was prosperous, good provider's and good livers Any 
characteristic or trait of hers transmitted to her descendants 
can be counted as clear mental, moral and physical capital " 

She had nine children, viz.: Samuel, Jacob, Elizabeth, 
Mary, Nathaniel, Salome, John, Susan and Catherine. 

1. SAMUEL BONSACK died in infancy. At the time of 
Ins death Jacob, a son of her uncle Jacob, then in Maryland 
was Msiting bis cousins and carried the corpse on his boise 
to the grave. 

2 : o JA m°? BONSACK, b. '19, m. Sarah Whitemorc and d. 
89. lie bad six children. 

1. John, b, '46, in. Delia Evans. 70, ami has John, b. 73: 
Herbert, b. 7/; Bessie, b. 79: Jacob, b. '81 ; Peggie, b. '87. 

2 Laura Susan, b. '49. in. Clayton I'laiiic, 77, and had 
Mora, b. 79. 

3. Eliza, b 'SI m . John I'oague. 70. d. 75. She had Sarah 
Margaret, b. VI. 

4 Betty, b. '5.1. ,,!. | lln j lls |,i||i t . r and live, in Koine. G.i 
lie is a lawyer. 

5. Samuel E.. I». "5K, Resides ai K...m..kc \ a 

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3. ELIZABETH BONSACK, b. '21, <l. '04. She in. Joseph 
Kiscr, '52. and in "54 settled at Oregon, Wis., where they 
engaged in farming and stock raising. She had seven 
children. Susan Virginia, b. 'S3; John, b. '55; Kiltie, b. 
'56, d. '96, m. John Fox, '86; Addie, b. '58, d. '07; Caroline, b. 
*60; George, b. *62; Daniel E., b. '65, m. Adalaide Fox, '97, 
and has Elliott F., b. '01, and George F., b. '06. He is in 

Elizabeth Kiscr 

the lumber business at Durand, Wis. The other four chil- 
dren arc at the old home engaged in fanning and stock 

4. MARY BONSACK, b. '24, m. David Plaine, '48, d. '09. 
She was a woman of more than ordinary ability and of con- 
siderable force of character. Mr. Plaine was a Dunkard 
preacher widely known, a good speaker with strong con- 
victions. They had two children. 

1. Ida Susan, b. '53, m. Henry Musscr,, '78, and lives at 
Salem V'a. She has Mary, 1). '81, and Harry, b. '88. 

2. John W., b. '64. in. Susan Fry and lives at Salem. He 
has David \V., b. '92; Livingston 1)., b. *97; Mary Cath- 
erine, b. '00, and Walter B„ b. '02. 



\io N f- T -n A m^ L BONSACK - !»■ "26. '" Elisabeth Crowdcr. 

49, d. 79. lie hn<l four childrecn. 

1. Susan Catherine, b. '50. m. Samuel Lucas, 72. She had 
five children and is now dead. 

Glenna, b. 78, m. L. 1\ Ligon and has Eddy. Gertrude, 
flora, Glcnna, Samuel. Percy, Jiarvie. 

Frenk, b. '81, m. Lclia Moxie and has Francis and Vcr- 
nor. They live at Roanoke. 

Sandy b. '83. Bessie, b. '85, m. Rudolph Wilson, '06, and 
has Elizabeth. 

Susan May b. '88, m. Warren Maiden. '06, and has Anna 
Catherine. [ hey live at East Radford. Va 

2 Mary Alice. !>. '52, m. Washington Stanley, 70, and had 
May b. 72,d. 88; Hugh. b. 74, m. Ida liattsand has Hugh 
b 96, aild Dorothy, b. '01, d. '07; Flora, b. 76; Maud. h. 
/"• '"' K - C Wiley. '04, and has Alice, b. 'Ofi, and F C [r 
b. 08; James, b. '80. The parents and two daughters" live 
at Lynchburg, and the two sons at Norforlk Va' 

3. Flora S.. m. Will Ligon and lives at East Radford. Va. 
•70 r-, c 62 ', m ; Thomas Jones. She has I-ula. I,. 

79, m. Genu Smith. 00; Carrie, b. '83; William, b. '85- 
Herbert, b. 89: Ruth. b. '93. m. Robert Hinson, '07. and 

* ■«?£S5fffe '' ° 7 - The - V aH livc at Roanoke. Va. 

6 SALOME BONSACK. b. '29. ,n. William Whi.emore and 
u. >Z without issue 

V°" N . H ; BONSACK. b. \U. m. Mollie Lemon ami d. 
77. He had Frank, b. ,3. and John. ],. 75. Frank is an 
expert machinist and is with the Southern R. R. r |„, is 

ficId C "va CCr °" " 1C X ' ai,<l W " R " R - a '" 1 livcs a " t 1!luc - 

8 i,'nf US ^ N , m? NSACK ' ''■ '•"' '"' l,c »J ami « -> c «", '53. and 

VlfJ'i^-ir * 54 '.'"-, t '' ,rrit «»«", Wand has Benjamin 

\ 11 1 • >r. I), f/, and Paul. 

\ i C , Se ' l!" m 5, , kil ! C<i .-7 r '' ''>' «!»'«*"! "f engine on R. R. 
?" .^ ward ..^ z< ; k ' ''• ■"*■ '"■ Jphiuc McWhorter. '89 
4. Ditiie. b. 63 ,n|. M. Harris. '89. and has Eugene, 
l.omse. hrcd.andMedc. They reside at Roanoke. *" ' 
Charles E., b. 65, m. Lizzie Roycr and has Fred ami 


6. Ruben, |j. *67. Deceased 
7 U°n lie ! '\ 7 7 "'■George Strader and has George S, 

03 ITcmamm J., b. '04; William R., b. '09 
8. Jacob, 1). 74. 
9. CATHERINE BONSACK. b. '36. d. '39. 

ii ii mn 1 1 mi wraMmwwwiratmn 

The Samuel Harshbarger Family 

Samuel Harshbarger was born 1802, in the old stone 
bouse. He was trained in agriculture, mechanics and milling. 
That he might be proficient he was put in the mill when onlv 
II years old, and this was his chief business until about 1825. 
VVhilc here an incident occurred about 1820 that leads me to 
digress on the size of the Harshhargers. He tells us that o»e 
day his father and his two uncles, came into the mill and he 



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Samuel Harshbarger 

weighed theni together and their combined weight was 900 
lbs. Their mother. Maria Eva, it is said, was so large that she 
could not pass through an ordinary loor without turning 
sideways. I take it, however, that doors were narrower then 
or that this story has been widened since. But the united tes- 
timony of those who knew her is that she was extraordinary 
in size. Of her three sons Christian was the largest, but he 
had a grand son who weighed over 400 lbs. Intermarriage 
with small people has reduced the size of most of those of the 
present generation. The subject of this sketch married a 
woman who did not reach to his shoulders," though he him- 




self was low in stature. Until recent years the average weight 
of the persons in our various families was near 200 lbs., taking 
both male and female. This extraordinary size led to many 
exaggerated stories, one of which I will relate. The youngest 
son of Maria Eva married a large woman. Having purchased 
a two-seated carriage he rode on the front seat and she behind, 
as both could not occupy the same scat with comfort. To this 
carriage he drove two large horses. It was said that in going 
up any hill it was all these powerful horses could do to draw 
this couple. 

A short ways below the Harshbarger home and across 
Tinker Creek lived John Myers, a prosperous farmer and 
miller. Of his eight children seven have either married Harsh- 
bargers or their children have. Samuel married Elizabeth 
111 182.1. As his youngest sister had married six years before 
[his the old people being left alone desired Samuel to make 
his home with them. To give sufficient room for the two 
families a brick residence was attached to the old stone house 
as seen in the picture. From this time on he gave his atten- 
tion to the management of I he home farm. Being a miller an 
acquainted with grading of wheat he gave much attention to 
wheat raising and in after life was noted for his superior crops 
and «|tiahty of wheat. He tells us that their market for Hour 
was Baltimore, some 200 miles away and that he frequently 
made deliveries there with his teams. 

He and his father decided to move to Ind.. which they 
did in 1837, and located five miles southwest of Ladoga, hc- 
tween two creeks and just above their juncture just as had 
been done in \'a. lie bought 1.400 acres of land and gave 
his entire attention to farming. He ha. I a Dunkard church 
house built on his land near his home and joined the church 
about 18.i2 and was made deacon and treasurer of the church. 
He was a good mechanic. One well acquainted with him 
said to me. •'he could make anything." He was possessed of 
more than ordinary intelligence with large business capacities. 
. Ic was a quid, peaceable, even tempered, jovial, well balanced 
man; conservative yet progessive in life, lie died 1872 He 
had nine children, all lived to be heads of families, and owned 
good homes and lived on good farms and most of them were 
successful and progressive farmers and stock raisers. All re- 
mained near the old home, living within a radius of seven 
miles of Ladoga, all were public spirited people, highly re- 
spected and well connected bv marriage. Most all raised large 
families and most of them being boys unified and enlarged the 
family name. All these things combined to make them a 
strong and popular family in their community. 



1. SARAH HARSHBARGER, b. '27. m. Robert Miller. '46. 
Mr. Miller was a notable man. lie joined the Dunkard 
Church in '58, and began preaching soon after. He was 
soon promoted to office of Bishop, lie hail extraordinary 
ability as a doctrinal preacher and as such became known 
wherever Dnnkards existed. J-lc held a number of debates 
and was regarded the best disputant in th denomination. In 
his book, "The Doctrine of the Brethren Defended," is, per- 
haps the best expose of the Dnnkanl theology that exists. 
In '80 he became Principal of Ashland College in Ohio, and 




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Sarah Miller 

edited a weekly religions paper call "The Gospel Preacher." 
In '82 he took charge of the North Manchester Church in Intl. 
and remained there ten years. In .'92 while delivering a set 
of doctrinal sermons at Mt. Morris, 111., he took sick and died 
and was buried at Xorth Manchester. They had eight 

1. Mary, I). "48. <l. '54. 

2. Samuel, b. '50, d. '53. 

3. Salome, b. '53, m. John Rettinger, 71. They live on a 
farm near Ladoga and have four children, Edith, b. 73; 



John, b. 77; Rosa, b. '83. and Earl. Edith m. William 
Smith and lives on a farm near Ladoga and bas Salome, b. 
'02, and Lloyd, b. '04. John m. tina Moffctt and is a 
photographer in Darlington, Ind., and has Dorothy. Rose 
in. Claude Rogers of Darlington. Earl m. Ressie Hubble 
and has Ferrol. 

4. John, b. '56, d. 77. 

5. Sarah Jane, b. '59, d. '80. 

6. Susan, b. '61, m, Albert Reed. She died. Her children 
are Salome Grace, b. '83; Mary, b. '84; Annie, b. '86. All 
live at Oakland, Calif. 

John Harshbarger 

7. David, b. '65. m. Sib Freeman and lias Robert Paul. 
They live in Ladoga. 

8. Charles, b. '68. m. Lctty Shively. '86 and has Pauline 
and Ruth. He lives at North Manchester. 

2. NANCY HARSHBARGER, b. '29, m. Clark Byrd, '48, 
and d. '50. She had Samuel, b. '49, who d. '50. 

3. JOHN HARSHBARGER, b. '32, m. Susan Clark. '54, and 
had six children. 



1. Robert, li. '54, tl. '55. 

2. Oliver, 1>. '56._ Ho lives in Lebanon, Ind. lie m. Eliza- 
beth Morgan. 77. and had 

Pearl, 1>. 78. who m. Calvin Jleiny, a fruit grower at 
Grand Junction, Colo. 

Claude, l>. '80, m. Clara Frame and lives in Ladoga. 

John, b, '82, who is a barber. 

Owen, b. '84. Deceased. 

Bertha, b. '86. Deceased. 

Oliver also m. Jane Morgan, '88, and lias Earl, May, 
Vorie, Effic, Ruth and a baby. 

Joel Harshbarger Minerva Harshbarger 

3. Samuel, b. '59, m. Blanch Collins, '87, and has Nora, b. 
'88. and Monte, b. '91. 

4. William, b. '61. m. Cornelia Robbins, '87, and had 
Beatrice, b. "89, an<l Warren, b. '90. By a second wife he 
has Harold. They live at Waveland, Ind. 

5. David, b. 70, d. 71. 

6. Nannie, b. 73. in. Oscar Jcffcrs, '90, and has Burl, Basil, 
Lois, Leo and a baby. He is a fanner near Roachdale, Ind. 

4. JOEL HARSHBARGER, b. '34, in. Minerva Daugherty, 
'63, and has Edgar, b. 71, who m. Cenia Yelton, '96, and has 


Pauline, b. '97. Joel's wife died some years ago and he live; 
two miles south of Ladoga with bis son and grand daughter 

Samuel Harshbarger 

5. SAMUEL HARSHBARGER, b. '57, in. Mary LaFollcttc 
'62, and has three children, 

1. Hettie, b. '65, in, David Hostcttcr. They live on a faro 
adjoining her father's, three miles west of Roachdale, Ind 
He was elected Representative from Putnam Co., and i: 
now serving his second term. They have Howard, b. '89 
Stewart, b. '90; Ralph, b. '95; Henry, b. '98; Mary, b. '00 
and Curtis, b. '04. 

2. David H., b. '67, in. Flora Turner, '87, and has Claiu 
b. '89; Ward. b. '93: Paul, b. '96; F.thcl, b. '99; Effic, b. '02 
Joseph, b. '04; Nellie Lucllc, b. '08. They live near 

3. Charles O., It. 70. in. Slclla Boling and has Ruth >*n C 
I). '95, and Joicc Naomi, b. '01. .They live on a fa. 
miles southeast of Ladoga. 



6. WILLIAM HARSHBARGER, b. '39. He joined the 
Dunkard Church in Y>5 and was made a deacon. In '67 lie 
began preaching, which lie continued to do until '80, when 
lie was made Bishop and took charge of brethren scattered 
over a large territory. He continued in this work twenty- 
nine years, when he asked to he relieved on account of old 
agB. He was widely known, having preached in various parts 
of Ind., Ohio, Pa.. Va.. Ky.. and 111. He made no pretense 
to oratory or brilliancy, but he was an agreeable, interesting, 
earnest and fluent speaker. He was an humble, quiet, 
peaceable, peacemaking, concilatory man and preserved a 
perfect unity among his people while the denomination was 
passing through a critical period and many of its churches 
being disrupted by internal dissention. His life was most 
exemplary, his influence powerful, and the respect of his 
people for him was great. He has been Vice-Presi- 
dent of our association many years. Notwithstanding the 
care of the churches he managed a large farm and was a 
successful fanner, stock raiser and fruit grower. He m. 
Anna Pefllcy, '63, and had six children. 

1. Emma, b. '6-1. m. Howard Keim, '88. Mr. Keim lives 
four miles cast of Ladoga and is proprietor of the Wild 
Rose Slice)) Kami, and is a well-known stockman and im- 
porter. 1 le is also a thoughtful speaker and lecturer. They 
have William, 1>. '90; Silas, b. '92: Annie, b. '93; Wallace, 
b. '95; Richard, Samuel, Junitia, and Esther. 

2. Effic, 1). "68, in. A. L. Gnagey of Kruita, Colo. They have 
Anna Lucilc, Clara and Valient. 

3. Wilford, b. 70. in. Effic Wade and has three children. 
They live on a farm near Crawfordsvillc, Ind. 

4. Henry, b. "73. d. 76. 

flu John, b. 77. in. Lillus Lidikay and has Albert Edward, b. 
05, and Elizabeth, b. '07. They live in Ladoga. 

6. Frank, b. '79. in. Amanda Delano and has Harold, b. '00; 
Lee, b. 01 ; Lillian, b. '05. He resides three miles east of 
Ladoga on his father's farm, his father having recently 
moved to Ladoga. 



7. DAVID HARHSBARGER, b. '42, m. Sarah Davidson, 
'70. He occupies the old I larshbarger home, lie has four 

1. Clara, b. 71, m. Mr. Mahoncy, a merchant of Alexandria 
Ind., and has Ralph and Eileen. 

2. Salome, b. 76, m. Ray Gill, a hardware merchant o. 
Ladoga, and has David, b. 04, and Caryliuc, b. '08. 

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David Harshbarger Sarah Harshbarger 

3. Cora, b. '80, in. lien Kesslcr, a farmer near Ladoga, an 
has Margarcte, b. '08. 

4. Jessie, b. '87, is at home. 

8. LIZZIE HARSHBARGER, b. '44, m. Nathan Kcsslc 
She had six children and d. '05. 

1. Lulu, b. '68. She is at home. 

2. Samuel B., b. 72, d. '01. 

3. Harry, b. 74, m. Helen Spencer and has Harold an 
Kcnnith. He is a merchant in Jamestown, Ind. 





4. Sadie, b. '76, in. Clinrlcs Huscr, a fanner near Ladoga, 
and lias Cline and Benny. 

5. Milton, 1). '78, in. Nora Davidson and lives in the old 
Davidson home. He lias Clyde and Clayton. 

6. Salome, b. '84, m. Elmer Hester and lias Donald. They 
live in the Kesslcr home. 

Salome Peffley 

9. SALOME HARSHBARGER, b. '47, in. David PcfTlcy of 
Ladoga. Their children are, 

1. Highton, b. '68, m. May Elliott, '88, and has Rnth, b. '90; 
Paul, b. '91, and Loma. He is a fanner near the old Harsh- 
barger home. 

2. Samuel, b. 70, m. Aha Baker and has Merrill and Ray- 
mond. He died some years ago. 

3. Therese, b. '80, m. Clarence Goflf and has Mary. They 
reside in Ladoga. 


The Catherine (Bonsack) Brubaker Family 

Catherine 1 larshbarger was born 1804. She married Jacob 
Bonsack 1819, who died 1823. She married Joseph Brubaker 
1825, and lived near the old home until 1836, when the family 
moved to Term. In the spring of 1853 they left Tenn. in 
wagons and went to Iowa, a journey of nearly one thousand 
miles. Here she died 1878. 

Catherine Brubaker 

Her appearance was striking, so much so as to attract at- 
tention. She was large, well formed and tall, with dark 
brown eyes and brown hair. She possessed great energy and 
industry with large executive and financial ability. She united 
with the Dunkard Church when quite young. Her religious 
convictions were strong and she impressed them upon her 
descendants so that there arc more of her posterity of her 
persuasion than can be found in any other branch of the 
llarshbargcr family. 

II cr great faith and courage were often displayed in the 
trying circumstances of frontier life. She was a tower of 




strength in the home, in church work and in the temperance 
cause! Her hospitality was well known to all who entered 
her door, llcr wit was gentle yet keen, her repartees quick 
and sharp and her insight into shams and deceptions deep. 
She detested evil and delighted in good. 

By her first husband she had two children. ; 

1. ELIZABETH BONSACK, b. '21, m. Daniel Brubaker. 
'40. The families of her first three children are extinct, 
but Martha, b. '48, m. Edward Holland, has four children. 
She lives at Cambridge, Iowa. 

1. Frank, b. '69, m. Flora Dcnniston, '97, and has Loyd 
David, b. '99; Vcrn Edward, b. '02; Esther Lucilc, b. '05: 
Marie Olive, b. '08. They live at Collins, Iowa. He is a 

2. William, b. 70, ni. Estclla Atcheson and has Helen Rose, 
b. '03; Alma Ruth, b. '04; William Edward, b. '07. They 
live at Maxwell, Iowa, lie is a farmer. 

3. Olive, b. '72, is a dressmaker at Cambridge, Iowa. 

4. Charles, b. '73, m. Minnie Barker, '02, and has Elizabeth 
Olive, b. '03; Kathcyn May, b. '06. They live at Cody, 

2. MARY BONSACK, b. '23, m. Nicholas Tucker and has 
no children, but she adopted Lcroy Holder and he has Mary 
Bell, Addison, Mclvina, Samuel V.. Charles L., and Everett. 
Catherine llarshbargcr by her second husband had ten 

1. SAMUEL BRUBAKER, b. '26, d.. '26. 

2. HENRY BRUBAKER, b. '28, d. "99. He m. Sarah 
Brown and had ten children. 

1. Barbary, b. '57, m. A. B. Bradley, '85 and has Minnie, b. 
'85, a dressmaker at Nortonsville, Kan.; Henry, b. '87, a 
plasterer at Maxwell, Iowa; Edith, b. '91; Charles,, b. '92. 
Barbary lives at Maxwell, Iowa. 

2. Salome, b. '59, m. Orin Jones, '84. She is. dead. 

3. Joseph H., b. '60, m. Jennie Dawson. '85. They live at 
Covina. Calif. They have by adoption Ethel, b. '95; Maud, 
b. '98; Daniel, b. '05. 

4. Nettie, b. '62, m. Samuel Fesler, '88, and has Dean, b. 
'90; Bell, b. '97, and Alta, b. '99. They live at Covina, Calif. 
He is a fruit grower. 

5. James J., b. '64, m. Elizabeth Brubaker, '84, and has 
Henry, b. '85. 




6. Mary, b. '67, d. '90. 

7. Ruth, b. '69, m. Luther Clinc, a farmer of McClave, Colo. 
Slic lias Eva Inez. b. '91 ; Paul, b. '93; Floyd, b. '94; Bessie, 
b. '96; Keith, b. '98; Cecil, b. '03. 

8. Sarah, b. 71. 

9. Rebecca, b. 74, m. Simon Hosfeldt, a fruit grower of 
Glemlora, Calif. They have Hazel, b. '97; Harold, b. '99; 
Dorothy, b. '02 ; Donald, b. '06. 

10. Harvey, b. 78. m. Laura Thomas, '05, a fruit grower 
of Covina, Calf. He has Hilda Lois, b. '08. 

1. CATHERINE BRUBAKER, b. '30, m. Mathew Mc- 
Pherson. She d. '65. She had five children. 

1. William H. McPherson, b. '48, m. Elizabeth Btirrcll, 
74 ami has six children. 

Maud, b. 76. m. '93 to O. S. Swink and has Reab, b. '97, 
and Lena, b. '98. 

Charles, b. 78, m. '01 to Kate Loofburrow and has Thcl- 
ma, b. "02. 

Adella, b. '82, m. '07, to Noah Piper and has Earl, b. '00, 
and Jessie, b. '02. 

William, b. '86. 

Ida, b. '90, m. to Jesse McKinney. 

George, b. '95. They all live at Berlin, Ore. 

2. Joseph A. McPherson, b. '51, in. '80, to Ella May Dever- 
aux. He is a stock raiser of Sintou, Tex., and has, 

Flora, b. '81, m. '97 to Jesse Hopkins and has Clifton 
Clinton, b. '98; Stella Maud, b. '01; Jesse Curtis, b. '03; 
Dueward Wickliff. b. '05; Rotha Gale, b. '08. 

Anna, b. '85, m. '05 to Watler McKinsey and has Joseph 
Franklin, b. '06. 

Taylor Lee, b. '91. 
, Catherine, b. '94. 

Joseph Addison, b. '96. 

3. George McPherson, b. '53. Deceased. 

4. Isaac McPherson, b. '55, d. '61. 

5. Susan McPherson, b. '59, m. 77, to Josiah Yant, pro- 
prietor of Valley View Farm. Caldwell, Idaho. They have 
nine children. 

Retta, b. '80, m. '05 to A. L. Baker, a farmer of Nampa, 
Idaho. They have Susie, b. '07. 

Jessie, b. '80, m. '04 to R. J. Crill, an engineer of Twin 
Falls, Idaho. They have Geraldine, b. '05, and Milo, b. '07. 



Mary, b. '82, m. '02 to C. II. Wolf, a farmer of Nampa,. 
They have Isaiah, b. '06, and Dclmar, b. '08. 

Naomi, b. '84, in. '03 to F. R. Stahl, a farmer of Nampa, 
They have Lillian, b. '04, and Ira, b. '06. 

Daisy, b. '88 ; Ray, b. '91 ; Daniel, b. '95 ; Leo, b. '98 ; 
Cecil, b. '04. 

4. JOHN BRUBAKER, b. '35. Deceased. 

5. SALOME BRUBAKER, b. '36, m. '59 to George Bortnott 
of Maxwell, Iowa. She has nine children. 

1. David Bortnott, b. '59, m. '83 to Mintie Lockard and had 
seven children. 

Ada, b. '84, d. '84. 

Florence, b. '85, m. '02 to Harvey Birch of Everett, Wash. 

Charles E., b. '87. Resides at Hancock, Minn. 

Clara, b. '90, m. '08 to Heber Kezar of Waterloo, Iowa. 

Glenn, b. '92, d. '94. 

Esther, b. '94. 

Mary Retta, b. '00. 

2. Rebecca Bortnott, b. '61, in. '83 to John Dague of Tulare, 
S. D. They have, 

William, b. '83, in. '03 to Myrtle Crom and lives at Mag- 
nolia, Iowa. He has Donald, b. '03; Margaret, b. '05, and 
Agnes, b. '07. 

Charles, b. '86, m. '05 to Gertie Giddings and lives at 
Milesville, S. D. He has Harold, b. '05 ; Harry, b. '07. He 
was remarried to Blanch Crippon, '08. 

Ralph, b. '88 ; John, b. '90 ; Nellie, b. '93 ; Mabel, b. '95 ; 
Lawrence, b. '98; Milford, b. '03; Cora, b. "04. 

3. Mary Bortnott, b. '63, m. '80 to Isaac Atkinson of Max- 
well, Iowa. She had 

Gertie, b. '81, m. '99 to Fred Lakin of Esbon, Kan., and 
has DeVere, b. '00; Doris, b. '02; Harold, b. '06. 

Lee, b. '83, m. '08 to Edna Myers of Maxwell, Iowa. 

Sidney, b. '85 and lives at Box Elder, Neb. 

Guy, b. '86, m. '08 to Edith Applegate and lives at Ne- 
vada, Iowa. 

Archie, b. '88 ; George, b. '93 ; DeVere. b. '97 ; Lois, b. '02. 

4. Sarah E. Bortnott, b. '66, m. '85 to Lewis Adams of Sac 
City, Iowa. She has Fannie, b. '87; Jay Russell, b. '88, and 
Paul A., b. '98. 

5. Ida S. Bortnott, b. '69. 




6. George J. Bortnott, b. 71, m. '98 toBirdie Millliouse and 
is a jeweler of Maxwell, Iowa, lie has Glendolyn, b. '99, 
and Virgina, b. '06, 

7. Naomi Bortnott, b. 73, m. '95 to Jacob Grider of Max- 
well. Iowa. She lias Leah Maria, b. '98; Clffford Wayne, 
b. '01, and Margery Elnora, b. '04. 

8. Martha Bortnott, b. 75, m. '96 to Frank Faidley, a farmer 
of Dcs Moines, Iowa. 

9. Franklin W. Bortnott, b. 78, m. '01 to Zola DeWitt of 
Maxwell, and has Dorothy, b. '02, and Kahl D., b. '08. 

6. SUSAN BRUBAKER, b. '38, m. '56 to John Elison of 
Maxwell. She had 

1. John J. Elison, b. '57, m. '82 to Sibley Pinkley and has 
Grace, b. '83, and George, b. '85. 

Susan's husband died four months after his marriage and 
she in. John Funk '59 and had 

2. Mary Funk, 1>. Y>0, m. 76 to John Cook and has Edith M., 
b. 77; Alpha A., b. 78; Lucinda J., b. '80; Clara A., b. '81 ; 
Cuba E.. b. '83; Maud C, b. '85 ; Claud R., b. '88. 

3. Harriet A. Funk, b. '63. m. "85 to 1 leury Johnes of Onawa. 
Iowa, and has Myrtle, b. '86. 

4. Daniel E. Funk, b. '65. d. '81. 

5. William H. Funk, b. 71, and resides at Maxwell. 

6. Martin S. Funk. b. '81. 

7. DANIEL E. BRUBAKER, b. '41 , in Washington County, 
Tcnn. When 12 years old he moved to Iowa, where he was 
trained to farming and received a rugged constitution. Hav- 
ing only a country school education he thirsted for more 
knowledge. l!y close application and home training he mas- 
tered many of the higher branches. 

At the age of 18 he united with the Dunkard Church 
and was called to the ministry in '66, and served his church 
ten years most acceptably. In 76 he was ordained a Bishop. 
In '82 be was selected by the national conference of his 
church to serve on the home and foreign Missionary Board. 
In '87 he was sent as missionary to Washington and Idaho. 
In '91 he was sent to Ontario, Canada, on like mission. He 
has engaged extensively in evangelistic work in various 
states. He is not oratorical, but is a fluent, impressive and 
instructive public speaker. lie resides at Mt. Morris, 111., 
and is pastor at present of a large church at Milledgeville, 




III. Like other pioneer preachers lie has endured hardships 
and lias been known to swim swollen streams rather than 
disappoint a congregation. 

He in. Mary Funk, '60, who d. '06. He then m. Mary 
J. Barnhizer, '08. His children are: 

1. Clara E. Brubaker, b. '61, in. 79 to Clayton Baldwin. 
She had eleven children, the four oldest are dead, the 
others arc as follows: Rollins C, b. '83, m. Louisa Nchr 
'04 and has Carroll Edwin, b. '05 and Dale Zancr, b. '06; 
Martin I., b. '86; Ira W., b. '89; Daniel Rosco, b. '91 ; Esther 
Viola, b. '95, d. '96; Clayton E., killed on R. R., '03. After 
the death of Mr. Baldwin Clara E. m. James Carr and had 
May Ellen, b. '06. 

2. Laura A. Brubaker, b. '63, m. '81 to Samuel Foft, a 
nurseryman of Perry, Iowa. Their children are: Florence 
XI.. b. ''82; Frank, b.'"84. d. '84; Daniel D., b. '95 ; Jessie L, 
b. '88; Earl. 

3. Samuel H. Brubaker, b. '66, m. '93 to Charity Himes. He 
is a draughtsman and architect residing at Indianapolis. 
He has Eva Mary, b. '94; Kenneth Ernest, b. '97; Letha 
Btirnicc, b. '01 ; Joseph Daniel, b. '05. 

4. Hettie Brubaker, b. '69, m, '93 to Gilford Weaver and has 
Mabel Fawn, b. "94; Marie Ruth, b. '97; Bessie Blanch, b. 
'98: George Edison, b. '01; Mary Florence, b. '03; James 
Quinter, b. '04. | 

5. Jacob I. Brubaker, b. '74, m. '98 to Cora Badger and has 
Roy. b. "99; Mcrritt \\\, b. '00. They live at Dcs Moines, 

6. John C. Brubaker, b. 77, m. '98 to Minnie West. They 
live at Dallas Center, Iowa, lie has Gladis Mahala, b. '01 ; 
Mary Pauline, b. 06. 

8. REBECCA BRUBAKER. P. O. Polo, Mo., b. '44, m. '61 
to John \\ r . Moats. She has six children. 

1. Joseph B. Moats, P. O. Kansas City, Mo., b. '63, m. '85 to 
Grace Swinglcv. He has Olin S., P. O. Polo, Mo., b. '86, 
and Fred W., o'f Polo, b. *88. 

2. Mary M. Moats, P. O. Altoona, Iowa, b. '66, m. '93 to 
Horace M. Custer and has Glenn, b. '95; Ralph, b. '99; 
Grace, b. '01, and Clifford, b. '03. 

3. Catherine Moats, b. '68, m. '93 to Frank Long. She has 
Kenneth, b. '97; Clifford Milo, b. '99, d. '99, and Florence, 
b. '01. They live at Leaf River, III. 



4. Martin L. Moats of Polo, Mo., b. 72, m. '96 to Ada 

Stinbleton. He has Nerva, b. '98; Vera, b. '01 • Hazel b 

'02; Florence, b. '04. 
5 Daniel A. Moats, b. 77, P. O. Polo, Mo., m. '98 to Anna 

Ellcnburger. He has Helen M., b. '00; Lcighton b '01 

and Evelyn, b. '06. 

6. Grace E. Moats of Polo, b. '84. Unmarried. 

9. NAOMI BRUBAKER, b. '46, m. '66 to Christian Flora of 
Ncwburg, Oregon. She has seven children. 

'• Sara J? C - FIofa ' h - ' C7 . '"• '89 to Dewy Finch of Recdlcy. 
Calif. She has Laura, b. '95 ; Nellie, b. T 97 ; I toward Dcwv 
b. 01. " 

2. George E. Flora, b. '69. Deceased. 

3. Joseph H. Flora, b. 71, m. 89 to Silvia Tilloson. He 
has Howard Dewy, b. '90, d. '91 ; Edgar Ray b '92 d '93- 
Ralph Wilford, b. '94; Henry Clinton, b. '97; Rolla Theo- 
dore, b. '02; Jennie Maud, b. '04. P. O. Ncwburg, Oregon 

4. Cassie S .Flora, b. 74, m. '96 to Nelson Winter of 
Denial r, Calif. 

5. Harvey M. Flora, b. 77. Deceased. 

6 H Ada , S -.o F Q 10ra, , b / ' ?9 \ m - V7 to Hcnr y Da K" c - She has 
Harry, b. 98, and Jesse Merlon, b. '02. Ada <L '02 

7. Jennie R. Flora, b. '85, m. 'Q5 to Willis Cox of Ncwburg 
' Uregon. " 

10 JOSEPH BRUBAKER. b. '50. d. '97, ,„. to Mary Garber. 
lie had eight children. 

1. Samuel J. Brubaker of Shumakcr, Calif., b 72 He 
had Eva Hazel, b. '01, and Erma Evalinc, b. '06. 

2. George C. Brubaker, b. 74, d. 74. 

3. Elias S. Brubaker, b. 75, d. '91. 

4. Marion W. Brubaker of Lodi, Calif., b 78. 

\ L, «r ie ,. M ' B ™ baker . b. '81, m. 99 to James Conner She 
has Wa laee C b. 99; Vema, b. '01; James G , b. 'M 
Clarice, b. '06; Kenneth, b. '08. .«•«■», 

6. John B. Brubaker, b. '84. 

7 ;r^ enry . J Q Br ^ aker ' b A ' 85 ' Hc a,,d J° h " are «ment con- 
tractors at San Dimas, Calif. 

8. Helen M. Brubaker. b. '91 ,a stenographer at San 


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